Fencer Alexander Massialas wins silver medal in Rio

Alex Massialas
Alexander Massialas of Stanford captured a silver medal in men’s foil on Sunday, the first medal by an American fencer in 32 years.

Stanford’s ALEXANDER MASSIALAS won a silver medal on Sunday at the Olympic games in Rio, the first medal by an American fencer in 32 years.

Competing in his second Olympics, the senior from San Francisco won four matches to reach the gold medal bout against Daniele Garozzo of Italy. The match was tied 7-7 before Garozzo reeled off seven points to take control and eventually win 15-11.

“I wish I could have won gold,” said Massialas, a two-time NCAA foil champion. “But I couldn’t be prouder to bring back a medal for the United States.”

A mechanical engineering major with one year of eligibility, Massialas has another opportunity to win gold on Friday in the team foil competition.

STANFORD ATHLETICS is following all the action in Rio. MASSIALAS isn’t the only Cardinal to score a medal. For instance, four Stanford swimmers earned silver medals on the first day of swimming. And, incoming first-year student KATIE LEDECKY has earned one gold medal and could win more. Visit the GoStanford.com webpages to learn more.

Go Cardinal!