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Daryl Homer to Become First U.S. Men’s Saber Fencer to Win a Senior World Medal Tonight

07/14/2015, 10:30am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Daryl Homer (left) defeated World No. 1 Bongil Gu in the quarters to qualify for the semifinals tonight. Photo Credit: Nicole Jomantas

(Moscow, Russia) – London Olympian Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.) will become the first U.S. man ever to win a Senior World Championships medal in saber tonight in Moscow when he fences in the semifinal rounds at Olympic Stadium.

Homer, who is ranked No. 10 in the world, won his first Grand Prix medal in March in Seoul and followed with a silver in April at the Pan American Championships.

Exempt from pools on Monday due to his World Ranking, Homer defeated Ahmed Amr (EGY), 15-6, in the table of 64 on Tuesday and followed with a 15-10 victory over Sandro Bazadze (GEO) in the 32.

After edging Bolade Apithy (FRA), 15-14, in the table of 16, Homer controlled the second half of his bout against World No. 1 Bongil Gu (KOR) to take the quarter-final, 15-11, and secure his place on the podium.

Homer will fence Tiberiu Dolniceanu (ROU) in the semis. Homer has defeated the two-time reigning Senior World bronze medalist in three of their last five bouts, including a victory when they fenced din the table of 16 at the Absolute Fencing Gear® Korfanty World Cup in New York in December.

The winner will fence the winner of the other semifinal bout between two-time individual Senior World medalist Alexey Yakimenko (RUS) and Max Hartung (GER) for gold.

The semifinal bout will be held at 12:20 p.m. Eastern Time and can be watched live on The gold medal final will take place at 1:20 p.m.

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