Peter Westbrook Foundation (PWF) Returns from World Championships with Historic Medals

Aug 05, 2015, 16:31 ET from Peter Westbrook Foundation

MOSCOW, Aug. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Last month the top fencers from around the world assembled to compete at the 2015 Senior World Fencing Championships in Moscow, Russia.  The six day event held at the Olympic Sports Complex, features the sport's top athletes vying for fencings most illustrious title.  The World Championships draws a finish to a season of tough work, and holds a special significance this season as the most important qualification event for the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro next summer.   This year the United States Fencing team brought home the most medals in the history of the event with Peter Westbrook Foundation sending four athletes including: Nzingha Prescod, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Ben Bratton and Yeisser Ramirez. 

In the women's foil event, Nzingha Presocd completed a historic run to win the bronze medal.  At 22 years old, Prescod was the youngest fencer to compete in the semifinal of the event and she became the first African American woman to medal at World Championships.  After wins over Anastasiya Moskova (UKR) and Saskia Loretta Van Erven Garcia (COL), Prescod defeated reigning World and Olympic Champion Elisa Di Francisca (ITA) to qualify for the quarterfinals in a thrilling 15-14 victory.  After winning another 15-14 nail biter against Ysaora Thibus (FRA), Prescod would secure herself a position in the medal rounds and in the history books. 

For the fifth straight year, the US Women's Sabre Team reached the podium with the help of PWF athlete Ibtihaj Muhammad.  After defeating Hong Kong to qualify for quarterfinals, the team would make quick work of the Chinese team 45-39 to make the semifinals.  In a rematch of the 2014 World Championships semifinal, Team USA would fall to the Ukraine but overcome Poland to claim the bronze.

"I am so proud of the achievements of our athletes on the world stage," said founder Peter Westbrook.  "These are amazing results to build off of as they prepare for a tough season leading into next summer's Olympic Games in Rio."

Ben Bratton


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