Fencing's Vaiani Finishes Third at Junior Olympics

RICHMOND, Va. – In the past few weeks, University of Pennsylvania freshman fencer John Vaiani placed third at the Junior World Cup in Aix-en-Provence, France and finished with a 14-1 record at the Ivy League Fencing Round-Robins to claim the title of Men’s Foil Champion. Vaiani added another outstanding performance to his list of accolades with a third-place finish at the Junior Olympics held in Richmond, Va. The event spanned across four days, starting Friday Feb. 13 and ending Monday Feb. 16.

Seeding was based on classifications received by Feb.2 and Vaiani was seeded at No. 6, sporting an A14 classification and 8 ranking.

In the first round, Vaiani defeated all of his opponents in pool 6, earning 30 touches scored and allowing only eight touches received.

By round two, Vaiani had moved up in the seedings -- tied for fourth -- and earned a bye in the Table of 256. He fenced his way up to the semi-finals, where he fell to eventual champion Julian Knodt, 15-12. Vaiani’s finish at the championships earned him an A15 classification.

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