The third U.S.-Cuba matchup turned into the third American loss. Samson Pouha dropped a 15-7 decision to reigning world champion Roberto Balado. Pouha, who has lost 15 of the 230 pounds after he arrived in Cuba, rocked Balado with left hooks in the first round and appeared to be on the verge of dominating the fight.
The United States surprised Cuba to win the gold in women's team foil. Argentina was third. The American gold medalists were Caitlin Bilodeaux, who lives in Montreal; Jane Hall of Cambridge, Mass.; Ann Marsh of Royal Oak, Mich.; Sharon Monplaisir of New York, and Molly Sullivan of North Andover, Mass.
The United States qualified for the semifinals with a 2-1 victory over Honduras, which also advanced. The Americans will play Cuba and Honduras will play Mexico on Sunday. Steve Snow and Yuri Allnut scored for the United States, which is 3-0 in the tournament.