Beaverton’s Kelsey narrowly loses bronze medal

Beaverton’s Kelsey narrowly loses bronze medal

Beaverton’s Kelsey narrowly loses bronze medal

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by KGW and NBC staff

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Posted on August 1, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Aug 1 at 11:49 AM

BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Beaverton’s Seth Kelsey, the No. 17 seed in Men’s Individual Epee, competed for a bronze medal Wednesday.

Kelsey knocked out the No. 1 seed Nikolai Novosjolov of Estonia in the Round of 16 Wednesday before slashing his way into the final four and a chance at an Olympic medal.

Kelsey then fenced No. 12 seed Ruben Limardo of Venezuela in the semifinal but lost a nail-biter 5-4 in overtime.

In the bronze medal match, Kelsey lost narrowly to finish in 4th place.

Photos: Seth Kelsey Olympic fencer

Kelsey grew up just outside of Portland in Brush Prairie and went to high school and middle school in Beaverton. He started fencing at 11 years old and caught the eye of Ed Korfanty (future mentor for sabre stars Mariel Zagunis and Rebecca Ward also from Beaverton).

Kelsey placed seventh in the individual épée category at the 2010 World Championships in Paris, but helped guide the U.S. team to a silver medal alongside Benjamin Bratton, Cody Mattern and Benjamin Ungar.

After disappointing performances in Athens and Beijing, Kelsey has truly made a name for himself, and for his hometown, in London.

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