Italy’s Tommaso Marini and the United States men’s foil teams win World Cup events in Japan.
TOKYO, Japan, Dec. 9-11 – Tommaso Marini earned his second World Cup gold this weekend with a win over France’s Maxime Pauty, 15-13, in the finals. Marini advanced past the semifinals following a medical withdrawal from Egypt’s Alaaeldin Abouelkassem while Pauty emerged with a win over Japan’s Nagano Yudai, 15-12.
Notably, the individual event featured several upsets over former champions. Abouelkassem beat Italian Olympic champion, Daniele Garozzo, in the quarterfinals, 15-11, while Pauty won against Italian world champion, Alessio Foconi, 15-10, in the round of 16, and the United States’ Alexander Massialas defeated Hong Kong Olympic champion, Cheung Ka Long, 15-12.
In the team event, the United States solidly defeated Japan, 45-31, in the finals having already secured a definitive victory over France in the semifinals, 45-28. Japan came off their own semifinals with a win over Italy, 45-30. In the bronze medal match, Italy won out over France, 45-38.
In addition to the gold in the team event, Team USA ended well in the individual event as well with top-16 finishes for Alexander Massialas (8) and Nick Itkin (11) and a top-64 finish for Adam Mathieu (52).
- Tommaso Marini (ITA, gold)
- Maxime Pauty (FRA, silver)
- Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (EGY, bronze)
- Nagano Yudai (JPN, bronze)
- Daniele Garozzo (ITA)
- Alexander Choupenitch (CZE)
- Alexandre Ediri (FRA)
- Alexander Massialas (USA)
- USA (gold)
- Japan (silver)
- Italy (bronze)
- Hong Kong