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Rio Olympics: Alexander Massialas wins silver in men’s foil

Alexander Massialas, of the United States, celebrates after

Alexander Massialas, of the United States, celebrates after defeating Italy's Giorgio Avola in a men's individual foil fencing quarterfinal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 7, 2016. Credit: AP / Charlie Riedel

Italian Daniele Garozzo stunned top-ranked American Alexander Massialas on Sunday to win gold in men’s foil fencing.

Garozzo beat Massialas — who was seeking to become the first American man to win at the Olympics in the modern version of the sport — 15-11 to give Italy its second gold of the Rio Games.

Massialas rallied from six points down in the quarterfinals. But he gave up six straight points to Garozzo in the final as the Italian ran away with the match.

Still, Massialas is the first individual Olympic medalist the U.S. has produced in men’s fencing since Peter Westbrook won a bronze in 1984.

Russia’s Timur Safin took bronze.


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