TOKYO – Fencer Lee Kiefer became the first American woman to win an Olympic medal in individual football and to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday.
Kiefer, a medical student from Lexington, Kentucky, defeated 2016 Olympic champion, Inna Deriglazova of the Russian Olympic Committee, in the final 15-13. She is a three-time Olympian who has come up against an Olympic medal in the past five years.
Currently in fifth place in the world, Kiefer took fifth place at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She earned number 1 in the current quad and won three World Cup medals before the pandemic.
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Kiefer became the first American to win a medal in individual football competition since 1960.
It was the ninth Olympic medal for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics on Sunday after being excluded from medals on day one.