LONDON – The red light came on and, just like that, Miles Chamley-Watson’s Olympic ride was over.
Chamley-Watson, a Penn State student whose family lives in Center City, was defeated in his very first match in the foil competition Tuesday morning. Egyptian Alaaeldin Abouelkassem, a cat-quick lefthander, used Chamley-Watson’s aggressive style against him for a 15-10 victory.
“I started off OK,” Chamley-Watson said.” I missed a couple of crucial touches. He capitalized on those. I just really didn’t take advantage of my opportunities very well. It’s 100 percent my fault. He fenced well. That’s all you can say.”
The fight was close in the early going. Chamley-Watson fell behind 6-3, then rallied to tie the score at 6 after a brief chat with coach Simon Gershon.