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US fencing team wins first world title in Budapest

After being runner-ups for two consecutive world championships, the US men’s foil team finally bagged its first world title by beating France 45-32 in the FIE World Championships final in Budapest.

The Americans defeated China in the quarter-finals and Russia in the semi-finals by the same 45-30 score to reach the final against France. On Monday, the US women’s foil team also beat France for the bronze medal.

The team, consisting of Race Imboden, Miles Chamley-Watson, Greek Meinhardt and Alexander Massialas is only the second US fencing team to win a world title – the only other was the men’s epee team which won gold in 2012.

This victory also makes the US team the current favourites for gold at next year’s Tokyo Olympic Games.

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