Filipino-American Lee Kiefer fencer captured the gold in the women’s individual foil of the fencing event at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday night. However, Kiefer, who hails from Tagum, Davao del Norte, is representing Team USA.
Kiefer beat defending champion Inna Deriglazova of Russia 15-13 to capture the gold. She is also a gold medallist representing the United States in the 2018 World Fencing Championships in Wuxi, China.
The 27-year old Kiefer started her fencing career at five years old, and her mother Teresa is from Tagum.
Kiefer is among the few Fil-Ams currently competing in Tokyo, with some of them representing the Philippine flag.
One of them is swimmer Remedy Rule who qualified for the semifinals of the women’s 200-meter butterfly after she placed 15th overall in the heats at the Tokyo Aquatics Center on Tuesday.
The 24-year-old Southeast Asian Games silver medalist clocked in at 2:12.23 in Heat 3. She finished last but still squeezed into the semifinals scheduled for Wednesday.
Rule failed to qualify for the semifinals of the women’s 100-meter butterfly.