Lexington’s Lee Kiefer makes history, wins gold in women’s individual foil


LEXINGTON, Ky. (ASSOCIATED PRESS/UK Public Relations/WTVQ) – Lexington’s Lee Kiefer became the first American in the U.S. Olympic history to medal in individual foil and third in fencing.

According to the Associated Press,  Kiefer won the third gold medal for the United States at the Tokyo Olympics and the third fencing gold in the country’s history by beating defending champion Inna Deriglazova of Russia 15-13 in the women’s foil final.

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In the previous rounds, Kiefer opened with a 15-4 win over Singapore’s Amita Berthier in the 32, a 15-13 win over Pan American rival Eleanor Harvey from Canada, a quarterfinal win of 15-11 against Yuka Ueno of Japan, and a 15-6 win in the semifinal against 2012 Olympic team silver medalist Larisa Korobeynikova from Russia.

The Associated Press says Mariel Zagunis is the only other U.S fencer to earn gold, winning the saber events at the 2004 and 2008 Games.

Kiefer ripped off her mask after the final point and shouted “Oh my God!”. Kiefer placed fifth at the 2012 London Games and was 10th at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

A four-time NCAA champion at Notre Dame, Kiefer is now a medical student at the University of Kentucky. Her husband, Gerek Meinhardt, won bronze with the U.S. team in foil at the 2016 Olympics.