For Immediate Release: 16-YEAR-OLD BROOKLYN FENCER WINS JUNIOR OLYMPIC NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP

Brooklyn, NY (February 23, 2017) – Alan Temiryaev, a sophomore at James Madison High School in Brooklyn, NY, won gold in the Junior Olympics in Kansas City, Missouri last weekend. This final competition of the season earned Temiryaev a National Championship medal and locked up his spot on the USA National Team to compete in the World Championships. Temiryaev had a very strong season, including two bronze medals at World Cups in Austria and France. At just 16 years old, he is one of the youngest to win the Junior (under-20) age category at the Junior Olympics, which also includes a Cadet (under-17) competition.

This year, the Junior Olympics had a record breaking number of athletes with 301 participating in the Junior event, including reigning World Champion, Sean Wilson, from Houston, Texas. In the preliminary round, Temiryaev scored five wins and one loss. In direct eliminations, he won against Syed Haider to make top 128, then scored 15-6 against New Jersey fencer, Finn Miller to make top 64. The next bout for top 32 was very tough since Temiryaev had to face a USA Junior National Team anchor, Wesley Johnson. Temiryaev took an early lead of 9-4 and never let Johnson make a come back. He won 15-9. For top 16, Temiryaev faced another very experienced fencer from Colorado, Henry Lange. Down 10-13, Temiryaev managed to pull off a skillful combination of touches and won 15-14. For the medal round, Temiryaev was up against his New York Fencing Academy clubmate, Nathan Vaysberg. It is always hard for clubmates to compete because they know each other very well, but this time Temiryaev was stronger and won 15-8. To make semifinals, Temiryaev confidently won against Harrison Kimatian, 15-8. Next, he faced a very strong contender, Isaac Herbst from Houston, Texas, who was competing for a National Team spot with Temiryaev for World Team. There are only three spots each year to make National Team. Temiryaev was unstoppable in this bout, making almost no mistakes, and winning 15-6.

In the bout for gold, Temiryaev faced a very experienced fencer from Columbia University, Mick Yamanaka. After a long day of competition, both athletes were very tired and had little energy left, so it was a battle of strategy and willpower. Temiryaev started off losing and couldn’t catch up — until the end of the bout. With 20 seconds left and trailing 4-6, Temiryaev scored two points to tie at 6-6. In overtime. the fencers had one minute to score one point for the win. The referee flips a coin to determine who has priority and the fencer with priority wins if one minute passes with no touches scored. Temiryaev got priority, so Yamanaka had to attack, but while he was preparing to attack, Temiryaev made his own attack. Yamanaka wasn’t ready and lost the touch. With a score of 7-6, Alan Temiryaev became the Junior Olympic Champion in junior men’s epee.

Temiryaev has been selected for the USA World Team and will travel with his coach, Misha Mokretsov, to compete at the World Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria which will be held April 1-10.

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Alan Temiryaev wins 2017 Junior Olympic National Championship in Junior Men’s Epee. pc: USA Fencing

 

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Alan Temiryaev (right) and Coach Misha Mokretsov. Temiryaev wins 2017 Junior Olympic National Championship in Junior Men’s Epee. pc: NYFA

For full results, visit USA Fencing: http://www.usfencing.org/feb2017jo

New York Fencing Academy (NYFA) was founded in 2010 by owner and head coach Misha Mokretsov and is located in the Coney Island neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. NYFA has quickly become a center for excellence in epee, with one of the strongest competitive epee programs in the country. NYFA has already produced National and World Champions, and has members on the French junior national team and the USA cadet national team. NYFA provides private lessons, group classes, and camps for students of all ages and all levels, beginners to advanced. Visit http://www.fencenyfa.com for more info.

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