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U.S. Men's Fencing Team Takes Bronze in Foil

Two American fencers dominated their Italian opponents 20-1 in a three-match stretch

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    Gerek Meinhardt of the United States celebrates against Giorgio Avola of Italy during the men's foil team bronze medal match bout on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3, Friday, August 12, 2016.

    The U.S. fencing team won bronze Friday in men's foil, its first medal in the event in 84 years.

    The Americans, led by top-ranked Alexander Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt, throttled Italy 45-31 for its third medal in fencing so far at the Rio Games.

    Massialas and Daryl Homer won silver medals in their respective individual events.

    Massialas and Meinhardt dominated the Italians with a three-match stretch in which they outscored their opponents 20-1. The win was especially sweet for Massialas, whose poor performance in the semifinals kept his team from fighting for a gold medal.