Paul Dunbar senior Lee Kiefer won bronze at the World Fencing Championships in Catania, Italy, Tuesday, becoming the second American to medal in women's individual foil at a world or Olympic tournament and first since 1999.
Kiefer, 17, advanced to the semifinals, where she lost 15-10 to eventual champion Valentina Vezzali of Italy, the three-time reigning Olympic gold medalist. Kiefer was one of two semifinalists to win bronze, along with Nam Hyun-Hee of South Korea. Vezzali defeated fellow Italian Elisa Di Francesco in the finals. Kiefer, a two-time Pan American champ, was competing in her third Senior World Championships and is now ranked No. 13 in the world.