Lexington native Lee Kiefer has qualified to compete for the United States in women’s foil fencing in this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Kiefer secured her second consecutive Olympic berth by finishing among the top 14 fencers in the FIE Individual Adjusted Official Ranking List. There is no women’s foil team event so only the top two U.S. athletes qualified for the Olympics. Kiefer is joined again by Nzingha Prescod. The two are part of a 32-athlete Olympic field
The 21-year-old Kiefer, a graduate of Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, is ranked No. 6 in the world and qualified as the top women’s foil fencer in the U.S. after earning the silver medal at this weekend’s La Havane Grand Prix in Cuba, the final international event of the qualifying period.
Right behind Kiefer in the world rankings at No. 7 is Prescod.
Kiefer has taken this year off from her pre-med studies at Notre Dame — where she is a three-time NCAA champion — to focus on training for the 2016 Games.
2016 Summer Olympics
When: Aug. 5-21
Where: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Fencing: Aug. 6-14