PLOVDIV, Bulgaria, April 9, 2017—In the second day of finals in junior team competition at the 2017 Junior & Cadet World Fencing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, athletes from 34 countries competed in the Junior Men’s Team Foil and 22 countries in Junior Women’s Team Epee. USA, Russia, Japan, Italy, and Mexico all take home medals from tonight’s events.
The Junior Men’s Team Foil gold medal match ended in a thrilling, back-and-forth score after Japan’s Takahiro Shikine came back from a significant deficit to recover and take a multi-point lead all the way to one point from winning. Last year’s Cadet Men’s Foil World Champion in Bourges, France, USA’s Geoffrey Tourette, managed his own come-from-behind march to a stunning victory, 45-44.
This was the first gold medal for USA at this year’s Championships. In the semi-finals, USA overtook Russia 45-27, and Japan beat Italy in another close match, 45-43. Russia earned the bronze medal against Italy, 45-34.