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Former Irish fencer Lee Kiefer becomes first American woman to win gold in individual foil

| Sunday, July 25, 2021

Fencer Lee Kiefer won a gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics Sunday, becoming the first American woman to win a gold medal for Team USA in an individual foil event.

The Notre Dame ’17 alumna won 15-13 against Inna Deriglazova of Russia in the women’s individual foil final, thus earning her first Olympic medal.

Kiefer had participated in the 2012 London and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, where she finished fifth and tenth, respectively.

She is currently ranked as the fifth women’s foilist in the world, according to the International Fencing Federation. Deriglazova ranks first worldwide.

At Notre Dame, Kiefer was a four-time NCAA foil champion and four-time First Team All-American. She is currently enrolled in medical school at the University of Kentucky.

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