Air Force Reserve Captain Seth Kelsey, who competed in his third Olympics on August 1, 2012 at London’s ExCel Centre, may have lost his opportunity for a medal, but the serviceman did the U.S.A. proud by giving the games his all.
Kelsey competed in the Epee fencing, a modern form that allows an opponent to attack the entire body, including the face. With an American flag motif appropriately displayed on his mask, 17th-ranked Kelsey won his first match against Guojie Li, a soldier in the Chinese Army, 8-7. He also won his second match against former world-champion Nikolai Novosjolov of Estonia, 15-11. He moved into the semi-finals but then lost in sudden-death overtime, 6-5, to Venezuela’s Ruben Limardo Gasco, who went on to win the gold medal. During the bronze medal match, he lost another sudden-death decision to Korea’s Jinsun Jung, 12-11, who stabbed him in the toe with 20 seconds left in overtime.
Despite his loss, Kelsey’s 4th place finish puts him in elite standing with U.S fencers, who have not brought home a medal in Epee since the 1928 Olympic Games.
photo courtesy of DOD
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