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Lexington Fencer Foiled In Rio

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Lexington fencer Lee Kiefer has been eliminated from contention at the Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro. The 22-year-old Dunbar High School graduate lost to China’s Longshi Liu in an upset.

The third-ranked foil fencer in the world going into the summer games, Kiefer gave an optimistic assessment of her chances speaking with On Point Fencing. In a video posted by the fencing media source in early July, the young athlete described her preparation this way: "work out a lot more, have more regimented routines, and do more video analysis."

But the regimen wasn’t enough to overcome a surprise early challenge by Liu, the 30th ranked fencer in the sport.

2016 marked Kiefer’s second trip to the Olympics. At the London 2012 games, she placed 5th.

Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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