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Chang, Kaneshige Help USA Win Bronze at Paris Foil World Cup

Chang and Kaneshige competed at their first senior international event with team USA (photo courtesy Gil Talbot).

PARISJerry Chang and Brian Kaneshige of the No. 4 Harvard men's fencing team helped the world's top ranked United States men's foil team to a bronze medal at the Paris Foil World Cup this weekend.

To open the first senior international event of the season, USA received a bye in the round of 32. The red, white and blue went on to defeat Hong Kong, 45-18, and China, 45-33, to reach the semifinals. USA fell victim to France's sword in the medal rounds, 45-40, to capture bronze.

Individually Chang finished 75th overall. The Harvard sophomore who hails from Mountain View, Calif., earned four victories with a plus-11 indicator in pool play to take a 31st ranking into the tables. Chang defeated Israel's Stanislav Sudilovsky, 15-12, to open up the elimination round. He dropped the ensuing bout to his US teammate, Nobuo Bravo, 15-8.

Kaneshige tallied five wins on the strip in pool action. Seeded 60th, the Maplewood, N.J., native defeated Dmitry Komissarov of Russia, 15-8, in the table of 128, but fell to Japan's Suguru Awaji, 15-3, to take 86th overall.

Chang and Kaneshige will take the strip with the Crimson this weekend when Harvard travels to Queens, N.Y., for the St. John's Invitational Sunday, Jan. 26.