Penn State Olympian Miles Chamley-Watson Wins Historic World Gold Medal for USA Fencing
Aug. 9, 2013
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Courtesy Nicole Jomantas, USA Fencing (Budapest, Hungary) - London Olympian Miles Chamley-Watson (Philadelphia, Pa. / New York City, N.Y.) made history tonight when he became the first U.S. man ever to win an individual Senior World Fencing Championship title.
The foil fencer who placed fifth at the 2010 Senior Worlds and was been ranked as high as #2 in the world in 2011, was seeded 17th at the start of the Senior Worlds and won four straight bouts to advance to tonight's semifinal bout.
In the evening semifinals, Chamley-Watson defeated 2012 Olympic Team Champion Valerio Aspromonte (ITA), 15-9. He followed the victory with a 15-6 win over Artur Akhmatkhuzin (RUS) - a three-time medalist on the 2013 World Cup Circuit. In earlier rounds, Chamley-Watson opened with a 15-12 victory over Bojan Jovanovic (CRO) in the table of 64 and put U.S. fans on the edge of their seats over and over and over again as he won the next three bouts by 15-14 scores - all in come-from-behind fashion.
Among Chamley-Watson's wins, the 2013 Penn State graduate defeated 2012 Olympic Team Champion Giorgio Avola (ITA) in the table of 32, world #3 Alexey Cheremisinov (RUS) in the table of 16 and two-time Senior World medalist Sebastian Bachmann (GER) in the quarter-finals.
Flash quotes from Miles Chamley-Watson
On whether his win against Akhmatkuzin was easy ...
On whether he expected to win Senior Worlds...
On his strategy for the semifinals and finals...
"I didn't want any more 15-14s. I had a fair amount of luck during the day and knew that I was going to have to win a bout by more than 15-14. I was happy that I was able to do it and that my last two bouts were my best bouts of the day."
On being more laidback during the final two bouts...
On Monday's team competition...