(1979 - )
Jon Tiomkin was born in Brooklyn on July 12, 1979,
and now lives in New York City. Tiomkin is a graduate of St. John's
Tiomkin took up fencing as a freshman in high school
and defeated the captain of the team on the first day of practice.
He was the American foil champion in 1999 and 2003.
He won the team gold and individual silver (losing to Dan
Kellner) at the 2003 Pan Am Games. Tiomkin finished second at the
2004 Nationals to Kellner.
His best individual result at worlds was 64th in 2001
and 2003, and his best team result was ninth in 2003.
He made his Olympic debut in Athens in individual and
team foil. Jon faced Maher Ben Aziza of Tunisia in the first round (the
round of 64) of the 2004 Olympic individual foil event. The Tunisian
scored the first two touches but Timokin bounced back to win 15-10.
Unfortunately the American fell apart in the round of 32 against the
number one seed, Andrea Cassara of Italy and lost 3-15.
Timokin was a member of the U.S foil team as well,
along with Dan Kellner.
They beat Germany 45-43 in the quarterfinals, as Jon lost his first
match-up 5-6 to Andre Wessels, won his second against Peter Joppich
5-1, as well as winning his third vs. Ralf Bissdorf 5-4. The U.S was
brushed aside by a superior Chinese team 45-35 in the semis, but Timokin
was the most impressive American throughout the encounter. He beat Haibin
Wang 7-3, lost 3-5 to Zhaozhi Dong and outscored Hanxiong Wu 7-5. The
U.S.A missed out on the bronze medal as they lost the decider 45-38
to Russia. Once again Jon was very solid as he outmaneuvered Yuri Moltchan
5-4 and beat Renal Ganeev 7-4 before succumbing to Viatcheslav Pozdniakov
Tiomkin has kept a journal noting every bout he fenced
over the last eight years, in practice and competition.
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