BUDAPEST, Hungary – Stanford fencer Alexander Massialas helped lead the U.S. men’s foil team to a historical second-place finish Monday at the Senior World Championships.
Massialas and his teammates earned Team USA’s first team medal in men’s foil, claiming silver after falling to Italy in the championship bout, 45-33.
After defeating China and France in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds, the U.S. was pitted against the Italians, the 2012 Olympic champion, in a fight for gold. Despite dropping the final match to Italy, Massialas outscored Andreas Baldini, a previous world champion and Olympic team gold medalist, 8-3.
The U.S. men’s foil squad made its sixth podium appearance and finished the season ranked No. 1 in the world. It is the first time the U.S. men's foil team has garnered the world's top ranking. Prior to the world championships, the squad earned gold at the Pan American Championships and Paris World Cup, and three silvers at other international events.
Massialas also competed in the individual competition and finished 11th. He defeated Pawel Kawiecki of Poland and Erwan La Pechoux of France with 15-9 victories before falling to Valerio Aspromonte of Italy, 15-14. Massialas and each of his men’s foil teammates finished in the top 16.