July 28, 2012
LONDON - Notre Dame freshman fencer Lee Kiefer won a pair of bouts Saturday to reach the quarterfinals of the Women's Individual Foil on the first official day of competition at the 2012 Olympic Games.
After receiving an opening round bye, Kiefer raced out to a 10-7 lead over Canada's Monica Peterson in period one of her round of 32 contest. Kiefer ultimately took the bout 15-10 in the second period.
Kiefer trailed Korea's Jung Gil Ok 11-8 in period three of her round of 16 match-up before winning an impressive four consecutive touches to claim a 12-11 lead. Kiefer earned three of the bout's final five touches to defeat Ok 15-13.
Italy's Arianna Errigo took a quick 9-4 advantage in the quarterfinal bout, but Keifer won four of the next five touches to pull within two (10-8) in the first period. Errigo ultimately claimed five of the final seven touches for a 15-10 period one victory that eliminated Kiefer from the tournament.
Italy's Elisa Di Francisca defeated Errigo 12-11 in overtime to win her first career gold medal. Italy swept all medals in the event, as Valentina Vezzali downed Korea's Hyun Hee Nam 13-12 in overtime to win the bronze medal bout.
Kiefer is scheduled to return to action at the 2012 Olympics in the Team Foil competition on August 2.
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