Husayn Rosowsky didn’t make it past the first round being KO by Mohamed Samandi from Tunisa.
Richard Kruse, ranked 15 in the world had a bye to the Last 32 but was easily dispatched by Artur Akhmatkhuzin from Russia with the score a disappointing 15-5. Kruse was outfenced from the start, and seemed to lack distance control by getting too close to his opponent. At the age of 29 this may have been his last chance at a medal at the Olympics.
James Davis was also beaten in the Last 32 but fenced very well against the 5 times world champion Peter Joppich or Germany, the 15-10 score. 21 year old Davis is 9 years younger than Joppich so has a promising future.
All three foilists are back on Sunday for the team event.
The Men’s Foil Gold medal went to Sheng Lei from China who made a great comeback to beat Alaaeldin Abouelkassem from Egypt with a thrilling 15-14 score.
The Bronze went to the bizarre Byungchul Choi of Korea who dived around the piste causing havoc and several red cards and beat Andrea Baldini of Italy 15-14
Photos are of Choi's antics!
Fencing medals so far:Italy 1 Gold 2 Silver 1 Bronze
China 1 Gold 1 Bronze
Ukraine 1 Gold
Hungary 1 Gold
Germany 1 Silver
Egypt 1 Silver
Korea 1 Bronze
Russia 1 Bronze