U.S. Virgin Islands teenager Scott Lao finished among the top 10 in one division at the 2021 Junior and Cadet World Fencing Championships, currently underway in Cairo, Egypt.
Scott Lao, 16, finished seventh in the cadet men’s individual foil division, which concluded Wednesday, as well as placing 47th in the junior men’s individual foil division, which concluded Tuesday.
Lao, whose family lives on St. Thomas, was one of eight fencers to finish undefeated in the qualifying rounds in the cadet men’s foil, and earned a first-round bye in the elimination rounds.
There, Lao won his first two elimination matches, beating Mykhailo Hurin of the Ukraine 15-11 in the second round and Turkey’s Tan Sezer 15-11 in the Round of 16, earning a quarterfinal berth.
However, Lao was then knocked out with a 15-8 loss to South Korea’s Seoungbin Lee.
In the junior men’s foil division, Lee won four out of six qualifying matches, then won his first-round elimination match, beating Armenia’s Grigor Papoyan 15-12.
But Lao was knocked out in the second round, losing to Poland’s Adam Podralski 15-14.