Verona, Italy — Sidarth Kumbla and Sylvie Binder are both coming home from Italy with some hardware! Kumbla won bronze medals in the individual and team events of men's foil, while Binder helped Team USA capture gold in women's foil at the 2018 Junior World Championships this week.
Kumbla and Team USA got past Japan 45-34 in the third place match to secure the bronze medal.
In the individual competition, Kumbla went 5-1 in the opening pools to earn a bye into the round of 128. Sidarth defeated Hungary's Ondrej Lasak, Mexico's Diego Marroquin, Olivier De Jong from the Netherlands and Germany's Luis Klein to earn a spot at the top-8. In the 8, Sidarth Kumbla beat France's Pierre Loisel, 15-14, to advane to semi-finals. Kumbla fenced NCAA Champion Nick Itkin in the semis, falling to the eventual gold medalist, 14-13, to earn a bronze finish.
In the team championships, Binder clinched Team USA's victory with a the 45th and final touch over Singapore. USA got past Russia and Italy to make the finals.
🥇 GOLDDDDD!!! U.S. Women’s Foil won Junior Worlds, 45-30, over Singapore after defeating Russia and Italy to make the finals! Medal 1️⃣4️⃣ for @teamusa! #lasttouch #Verona2018 Congrats to Sylvie, May, Lauren and Delphine! 👏 👏 👏 pic.twitter.com/OIgs234r37— USA Fencing (@USAFencing) April 9, 2018
Individually, Binder earned a fifth place finish. Binder went 5-1 in the opening pool to recieve a bye to the round of 128. The first-year defeated Spain's Andrea Breteau, Singapore's Maxine Jie Xin Wong, Hungary's Kata Kondricz to reach the top-8. Sylvie met her match in the quarterfinals, falling to the eventual gold medalist, Japan's Yuka Ueno.
3rd - Sidarth Kumbla (3rd in team)
11th – Sam Moelis
5th – Sylvie Binder (1st in team)
67th – Maria Chart (19th in team GBR)
18th – Giana Vierheller (7th in team)
67th – Anne Cebula