2-Time Olympic Champion Mariel Zagunis can add world champion to her resume as she captured her first title with a dominating performance at the 2009 World Championships of fencing in Antalya, Turkey.
Her closest bout was her first one, where her opponent from Korea scored 11. After that, Zagunis seemed to get stronger with each match. She captured the gold defeating Ukrainian fencer Olga Kharlan 15-6.
Daria Schneider, making her first world championship appearance, finished in the top-16 defeating Socha of Poland in 15-14 in the round 64 and then teammate Monica Aksamitin the round of 32. Dagmara Wozniak fell in the 64 to Monica Aksamit 15-14. It was a bad luck bracket for team US since they all drew each other.
The men’s foil team also had a terrific day. In the past 70 years, US fencing hasn’t had 2 fencers in the top-16 at world championships and that’s exactly what Gerek Meinhardt and Kurt Getz pulled off.
The star of the day was Kurt Getz who made it all the way to the top-8. He upset #3 ranked Richard Kruse of Britain in the 16. Then in the top 8, in perhaps the longest bout in world’s history he lost to Zhu of China.
The match lasted close to an hour and included 2 injury time-outs, a strip change, several equipment stoppages and then an intermission while the opening ceremonies were conducted. The score remained 4-1 for Zhu for close to 30 minutes while equipment, injuries and ceremonies delayed the bout before Zhu finished off Getz.
The young men’s foil team showed that it will be force to be reckoned with in the future. Miles Chamley-Watson and Alex Massailes both lost in the 64 in tremendously close matches.
Today, men’s epee and women’s foil are competing.