Fencer Massialas earns Olympic silver medal in men's foil


Stanford senior Alex Massialas reached the gold medal match in the men's foil competition on Sunday at the Carioca Arena in Rio, where he dropped a 15-11 decision to Italy's Daniele Garuzzo and finished as the silver medalist

The duel was tied at 7 when Garuzzo won seven straight points. Massialas rallied to within 14-11 before falling.

Alex Massialas
"Thank you to everyone who supported me today, not only at the competition but also at home," Massialas wrote on his Instragram account. "There are no words to describe how proud I am to bring back the silver medal for The USA and how much I appreciate the endless support from everyone. Now let's make history in the team event."

Massialas erased a 14-8 deficit to edge Italy's Giorgio Avola, 15-14, in the quarterfinals and then defeated Great Britain's Richard Kruse, 15-9, in the semifinals.

Massialas opened his bid for an Olympic medal in fencing with a pair of victories to qualify for the quarterfinal.

The former NCAA champion opened with a 15-7 win over Egypt's Mohamed Essam and in the round of 16, Massialas earned a 15-9 victory over Russia's Artur Akhmatkhuzin.

Massialas, who entered the Olympics as the top-ranked fencer in the world, opened a 10-2 advantage over Essam en route to the win.

Against Akhmatkhuzin, Massialas took a 6-1 lead, but the Russian fought back to tie it, 7-7, at the end of the first period. Massialas scored the first four points of the second period and eased to the win.

He's scheduled to meet Great Britain' Richard Kruse in the semifinal. Russian Timur Safin and Italy's Daniele Garozzo square off in the other semi.

Women's rugby

Team USA and Australia played to a 12-12 tie in pool play, assuring both team advance in pool play.

Stanford grad Victoria Folayan helped anchor the back while Jessica Javelet scored all 12 points.

The Americans lost to New Zealand, 5-0, later in the day and were eliminated from the competition.

Men's rowing

Menlo-Atherton grad Seth Weil's Olympic debut was put on hold Sunday as windy conditions at Lagoa Stadium forced postponement of first round men's four action.

Men's volleyball

Team USA was knocked off by Canada, 25-23, 25-17, 25-23, in the preliminary round at Maracanazinho in Rio on Sunday.

The Americans will look to rebound against Italy on Tuesday. The Italians beat France in straight sets on Sunday.

Stanford grad Erik Shoji, the team's starting libero, recorded a team-high four digs, seven receptions and added an assist.

Matt Anderson scored 15 points on 13 kills and a pair of blocks to pace the U.S.

Women's basketball

Stanford grad Sebnem Kimyacioglu had three rebounds and a blocked shot, but Turkey dropped a 61-56 contest to Australia on Sunday in pool play.

— Palo Alto Online Sports

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