U.S. Wins First World Cup Epee Medal
Mar. 21, 2004
VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) _ Cody Mattern upset two of the world's top-three epee fencers en route to a silver medal Saturday in the Peter Bakonyi Epee International.
Mattern, ranked 69th in the world, gave the United States it's first ever World Cup medal in men's epee.
``I had a fire inside me,'' said Mattern, a 23-year-old part-time fencing coach in Portland, Ore,
Loudly cheered by family and friends, Mattern beat Fabrice Jeannet of France, No. 2 in the world, 15-13 in the quarterfinals and held off a late charge from Marcel Fischer of Switzerland, No. 3 in world, 15-14 in the semifinals. Fischer had beaten Mattern twice this season as well as at last year's world championships.
Mattern lost 15-10 to Alfredo Rota of Italy, ranked fourth in the world, in the final.
Mattern also upset eighth-ranked Peter Vanky of Sweden and eleventh-ranked Ulrich Robeiri of France in earlier rounds.
``If you have a day like this at the Olympics, you are looking at a medal,'' U.S. coach Paul Soher said.
Fischer and Hugues Obry of France, who beat top-ranked Marik Christoph of Austria in the round of 16, shared the bronze medal.