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U.S. wins bronze in men's team foil

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The United States defeated defending world and Olympic champion Italy to bring home the bronze medal in the men's team foil.

The win breaks an 84-year-old drought. This is the U.S.' first medal in the event since the 1932 Games where they also won bronze.

Comprised of top ten fencers, Alexander Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt, along with number fifteen ranked Miles Chamley-Watson and number twelve ranked Race Imboden, the U.S. avenged their 2012 quarterfinal loss to the Italians.

In London, the foursome, at the time the youngest team in the competition, lost to Germany in the bronze match 45-27. Massialas called it "the most dismal thing I've ever been through."

Four years later, they came out on the other side, earning the United States its fourth medal in the event and its third fencing medal in Rio.

"For the first time, the U.S.A. is a powerhouse in fencing. It never has been before," Imboden told the AP in Rio. "For us to come together and have each other's backs, it just proves that it's not a fluke anymore."

Earlier in the day, the U.S. dispatched Egypt in the quarterfinals to set up a meeting with Russia in the semis.

Chamley-Watson dominated that bout, scoring 24 points for the Americans while setting up Massialas with a 40-39 lead heading into the last period; it didn't last as Massialas was outscored 6-1.

Massialas mustered just four touches against the Russians but made up for it by netting 16 points in the bronze match.

"I only have my teammates to thank because I was down after that match. It was probably one of the worst team matches I've ever fenced and I felt like I let my whole team down," Massialas told the AP. "There were no droopy heads except for mine. All they did was try to pick my head up."

Team USA trailed 17-20 early against Italy when Meinhardt came out in the fifth period and blanked Andrea Baldini 8-0 to give the U.S. a 25-20 lead.

This was the first of a three period stretch where they outscored the Italians 18-1.

U.S. coach Greg Massialas substituted Chamley-Watson with Imboden in the eighth; he pushed the American's lead to 14.

Alexander Massialas closed out the match with a 5-5 draw against Baldini to secure the 45-31 victory.

Massialas becomes the first American man to win both an individual and team medal in the same Olympics since Joseph Levis did it in 1932.

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