Olympic fencer Maya Lawrence, a Teaneck-native, will leave the London Olympics with one victory against Italy's Mara Navarria.
Although the No. 24 ranked Lawrence lost Monday in the next round to Italian epee fencer No. 7 Rossella Fiamingo, her victory comes after she overcame serious injuries to reach London. She beat the No. 9 ranked Navarria.
“Huge kudos to Lawrence for attaining her dream,” NBC fencing analyst Jeff Bukantz said in an Associated Press report published early Monday. “Her perseverance should be an inspiration to every fencer.”
Lawrence, who graduated Princeton University and Columbia University Teachers College, at . At Princeton, she was on the All-Ivy and All-American teams.
She worked for the town’s recreation department and is the daughter of Teaneck High School’s head fencing coach, Pat Lawrence.
"I'm from Teaneck, a middle-class town," Lawrence said in a report on Yahoo.com. "It did affect my parents. Once I decided I wanted to go to competitions, they really supported me."
Detailed results are available at NBCOlympics.com.
Updated 6:20 p.m. Monday