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Watch: Lexington’s Lee Kiefer earns final point in Team USA’s first-ever women’s foil world championship

The USA women’s foil team, from left, Margaret Lu, Nzingha Prescod, Lee Kiefer and Nicole Ross, celebrated with the senior team foil World Fencing Championships trophy Thursday in Wuxi, China.
The USA women’s foil team, from left, Margaret Lu, Nzingha Prescod, Lee Kiefer and Nicole Ross, celebrated with the senior team foil World Fencing Championships trophy Thursday in Wuxi, China. Facebook.com/fie.org/

Lee Kiefer, the Paul Laurence Dunbar graduate, two-time Olympian and four-time NCAA foil champion, won her first team gold medal at the FIE World Fencing Championships on Thursday in Wuxi, China.

The team of Nzingha Prescod of Brooklyn, N.Y., Margaret Lu of Greenwich, Conn., Nicole Ross of New York and Kiefer bested Italy, the world No. 1, in a come-from-behind 45-35 finals that gave the Americans their country’s first-ever foil world championship.

“We believed in each other. We had a great conversation and we fenced like fire,” Kiefer said in a video interview posted on the International Fencing Federation’s Facebook page.

USA Women's Foil -- New World Champions in Wuxi!

The USA women's foil team won the 2018 World Championship title tonight in Wuxi, China. Congratulations for being the first in USA Fencing history!

Posted by FIE - International Fencing Federation on Thursday, July 26, 2018

The women’s epee team achieved the same distinction on Wednesday. The World Fencing Championships are held annually and the women’s team competition dates to 1932.

Kiefer, currently ranked No. 3 in the world in her discipline, finished sixth in the individual competition this week. Last year, after a win at the Long Beach Grand Prix, she became the first American woman to hold the No. 1 ranking. Kiefer completed her college career at Notre Dame in 2017 with her fourth individual NCAA title and was part of the Irish’s national team title. She recently won her ninth straight senior foil gold medal at the Pan American Championships.

Kiefer has continued her fencing career while attending the University of Kentucky College of Medicine and trains at Bluegrass Fencers’ Club in Lexington.

Lexington's Lee Kiefer is poised for a run to the Rio Olympics. Video by Mark Cornelison | staff

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