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Eli Dershwitz Wins World Cup Gold in Algeria

11/09/2017, 1:30am CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Eli Dershwitz won his second gold medal on the World Cup circuit in Algiers, Algeria. Photo Credit: Augusto Bizzi / FIE.

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Rio Olympian Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.) won his second career title on the World Cup circuit on Saturday, defeating Olympic and World medalists in his six straight victories.

The Harvard junior earned a bye into the table of 64 where he scored five straight touches against Kenta Tokunan (JPN) in the second half to take a 15-4 victory.

In the table of 32, Dershwitz won the first of three 15-14 victories of the day, battling back from a three-touch deficit to score four straight for a 15-14 victory over two-time Senior World medalist Iulian Teodosiu (ROU).

Dershwitz jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the first period of his table of 16 bout against two-time Olympic medalist Junghwan Kim (KOR), but Kim came back in the second to tie the bout at 14. Dershwitz remained calm, however, and put the bout away at 15-14 for his first individual victory over Kim who won gold in team at the 2017 Senior Worlds.

In the quarter-finals, Dershwitz led 2017 Senior World Champion Andras Szatmari (HUN), 8-6, at the break, but the Hungarian kept the second period within a touch before Dershwitz went on a four-touch run to secure a medal at 15-10.

Fencing in the medal rounds for the second time this year after winning silver at the last men’s saber World Cup in Madrid in May, Dershwitz took on four-time Senior World Champion Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS) in the semis.

Again, Dershwitz would make his fans and teammates sweat at the end of the bout as Reshetnikov pulled away with a 14-11 lead.

And, again, Dershwitz dismantled his opponent, touch by touch, to advance to the finals, 15-14.

In the finals, Dershwitz fenced Enrico Berre (ITA) for the first time in an individual DE bout since 2012 when Dershwitz defeated the Italian en route to winning gold.

While Berre was a member of the Italian squad that defeated Team USA in the bronze medal final at the Senior Worlds this year, this time, Dershwitz would guarantee an American win with a dominant performance in the first half at 8-4 and a 15-9 win to take gold.

The title would mark not only Dershwitz’s second career gold medal on the World Cup circuit, but allows the 22 year old to move up to No. 10 in the World Rankings and No. 1 in the USA Fencing National Rolling Point Standings.

Rio Olympic silver medalist Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.) placed 17th in his first event on the new season.

Seeded eighth in the DEs, Homer won bronze at the 2016 edition of this event when it was held in Senegal.

Homer, a 2015 Senior World medalist, defeated William Deary (GBR), 15-10, in the table of 64, but lost in the 32 to two-time Senior World team medalist Matyas Szabo (GER), 15-10.

After a 4-2 finish in pools, two-time Senior World Team member Peter Souders (Silver Spring, Md.) defeated Lorenz Kempf (GER), 15-14, in the preliminary table of 64 on Friday to advance to the second day of competition.

Souders drew Sandro Bazadze (GEO), a 2017 European Championships bronze medalist, in the table of 64 and lost the bout, 15-12.

Dershwitz, Homer and Souders fenced in the team competition on Sunday with two-time Junior World Team member Ben Natanzon (Manalapan, N.J.)

In the table of 16, Team USA won or tied six of the nine bouts against Japan to take the match, 45-37, Dershwitz (+5), Homer (+2) and Natanzon (+1) each posted positive indicators during the match.

The reigning Senior World team silver medalists, Hungary, controlled the quarter-finals, however, taking a 40-28 lead after the first eight bouts. Homer outscored two-time Olympic Champion Aron Szilagyi, 8-5, but couldn’t bring the match back as Hungary took a 45-36 victory.

In the next match, France led Team USA, 25-17, after the fifth bout when Homer outscored Maxence Lambert, 12-5, to cut France’s lead to 30-29. France pulled away in the seventh when 2014 Junior World medalist Tom Seitz defeated Natanzon, 5-1. Dershwitz defeated Maxence Lambert, 7-5, in the setup bout and Homer returned as anchor to take on 2017 Senior World medalist Vincent Anstett. Homer scored seven touches to tie the match at 44 before Anstett scored the final touch to secure a 45-44 win for France.

Team USA fenced Korea, the reigning Senior World Team Champions, for seventh place with Souders joining the lineup as a replacement for Dershwitz. Korea took a 40-23 lead after the first eight bouts and Homer split the anchor bout with Kim, 5-5, who closed out the victory for Korea, 45-28.

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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:

Algiers Men’s Individual Saber World Cup
1. Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.)

2. Enrico Berre (ITA)
3. Kamil Ibragimov (RUS)
3. Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS)
5. Andras Szatmari (HUN)
6. Alberto Pellegrini (ITA)
7. Bolade Apithy (FRA)
8. Junho Kim (KOR)

17. Daryl Homer (Bronx, N.Y.)
51. Peter Souders (Silver Spring, Md.)
68. Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.)
69. Mitchell Saron (Ridgewood, N.J.)
72. Christopher Walker (Atlanta, Ga.)
77. Evan Prochniak (Hudson, N.H.)
88. Michael Costin (Culver City, Calif.)
92. Ben Natanzon (Manalapan, N.J.)
93. Grant Williams (Atlanta, Ga.)
104. Geoff Loss (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
111. Khalil Thompson (Teaneck, N.J.)

Algiers Men’s Team Saber World Cup
1. Germany
2. Italy
3. Hungary
4. Iran
5. Russia
6. France
7. Korea
8. USA

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