Med student Lee Kiefer wins first US foil fencing gold medal

A fourth-year University of Kentucky medical student turned the first American lady to win an Olympic gold medal in particular person foil fencing on Sunday.

Lee Kiefer defeated Russia’s Inna Deriglazova 15-13 to take dwelling the gold. In the 2 fencing occasions which have taken place up to now — males’s epee and girls’s foil — no different American has superior previous the Round of 16.

Kiefer ripped off her masks after the ultimate level and shouted “Oh my God!” She positioned fifth on the 2012 London Games and was tenth on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

A four-time NCAA champion at Notre Dame, Kiefer is now a medical student on the University of Kentucky. Her husband, Gerek Meinhardt, gained bronze with the U.S. group in foil on the 2016 Olympics.

“It’s such an incredible feeling that I share with my coach, I share with my husband, with my family, just everyone that’s been a part of this,” she stated, her gold medal hanging from her neck. “I wish I could chop it up in little pieces and distributed it to everyone I love.”

While Kiefer joined Mariel Zagunis as the one different U.S fencer to earn gold, Larisa Korobeynikova of Russia beat Alice Volpi of Italy 15-14 within the bronze match.

The 27-year-old Kiefer practically virtually didn’t make it Tokyo. She initially determined to complete her Olympic career after Rio 2016 however continued to compete internationally en path to the 2020 Olympic video games.

Kiefer and Meinhardt constructed a fencing strip in her household’s Lexington dwelling to observe in the course of the pandemic.

“We just tried to maintain a baseline so we didn’t forget how to lunge and our point control didn’t get too terrible,” Kiefer informed “But then we actually went back to school, and so for probably the first time in my life, I was pretty much a full-time student, and that was a different feeling.”

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Kiefer is concentrated on finishing her rotations in household drugs, inner drugs, OB-GYN, psychiatry and neurology. Following her time in Tokyo, she’s going to return dwelling to Kentucky to finish her pediatrics and surgical procedure rotations.

The No. 2-ranked Meinhardt will compete within the males’s foil competitors on Monday. Like Kiefer, his life will stay fast-paced after the Games. His closing occasion is scheduled for Aug. 1 whereas his second year of medical faculty begins Aug. 2.

— With AP

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