Daryl Homer (far right) won bronze at the final World Cup of the season in Madrid. Photo Credit: Pavia / Bizzi
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Rio Olympic silver medalist Daryl Homer (New York, N.Y.) secured his first medal of the season on Saturday at the Madrid Men’s Saber World Cup, bringing home the bronze.
At the final men’s saber event of the 2017-18 World Cup season, Homer improved to No. 12 in the world and will enter the Pan American Championships next month with momentum as he looks to defend his title.
Exempt from pools as the top-16 seed, Homer held his first two opponents to single digits. Up 8-6 in the table of 64 against Andriy Yagodka (UKR), Homer closed the bout on a 5-0 run for a 15-8 victory.
The following round, Homer ended the first period on a 4-0 run to take an early 8-3 lead over Yingming Xu (CHN). Homer went on to win, 15-9.
In the table of 16, Homer faced Jonghun Song (KOR), who edged out London Olympian Jeff Spear (Wynantskill, N.Y.), 15-12, in the 32. Spear was competing at just his second international event of the season and went 6-0 in pools to earn a bye into day two before defeating Alberto Pellegrini (ITA), 15-13, in the 64.
Against Homer, the bout remained close early with Song equalizing at eight with the first touch of the second period. However, Homer used a 5-0 run to defeat the Korean, 15-10.
With a 15-7 victory over the fencer who finished the 2017-18 season No. 1 in the FIE Junior Rankings, Konstantin Lokhanov (RUS), Homer guaranteed his first World Cup medal since November of 2016.
With the bout tied at five, Homer broke the bout wide open with seven straight touches and finished on a 10-2 run to best the reigning Junior World Champion.
Facing 2017 World team bronze medalist Enrico Berré (ITA) for a chance at gold, Homer was strong out of the gate, taking a 10-1 lead, but couldn’t hold on and was outtouched, 15-14.
Homer’s teammate in Rio, Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.), finished fifth in Madrid. Dershwitz ends the World Cup season with a top-eight result or better as six of the eight events.
Currently No. 4 in the world, Dershwitz overcame Ilya Mokretcov (KAZ), 15-12, in the table of 64 before besting 2015 Junior World silver medalist Francesco Bonsanto (ITA), 15-8.
After outtouching the bronze medalist at last week’s Grand Prix in Moscow Mojtaba Abedini (IRI), 15-14, in the 16, two-time World Championship medalist Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS) denied Dershwitz his fourth medal of the season with a 15-10 victory. Reshetnikov went on to win silver.
Claiming a top-64 result was Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.) On Friday, Mackiewicz went 4-2 in pools to move directly into the preliminary table of 128, where he cruised past Jorge Lopez de Guerenu (ESP), 15-7.
With a 15-8 victory over Xianfei Huang (CHN), Mackiewicz advanced to day two. There, he went up against the 2017 African Champion Fares Ferjani (TUN), coming up short, 15-10.
The top four U.S. finishers in the individual competition – Homer, Dershwitz, Spear and Mackiewicz – fenced in the team competition for the United States on Sunday.
With a bye into the table of 16, the U.S. first fenced Egypt. Team USA didn’t drop a bout, securing an easy 45-27 victory.
In the quarter-finals, the U.S. faced Hungary, which currently ranks No. 3 in the world rankings. Hungary jumped out to a 10-4 lead and the Americans couldn’t recover, falling, 45-37.
Fencing in the 5th – 8th place table, Team USA claimed a decisive 45-44 victory over France. After taking a 5-3 lead, France won three of the next four bouts to go up, 25-18. But the U.S. battled back, going down just three at 40-37 going into the anchor round, where Homer brought home the victory by winning his bout, 8-4.
Against Germany in its final bout of the day, the U.S. fell in a hole early and despite Spear winning the third round, 7-2, to give the U.S. a 15-12 advantage, Germany responded by winning or tying the next five bouts and the Americans fell, 45-38, to finish sixth.
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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Madrid Men’s Individual Saber World Cup
1. Enrico Berré (ITA)
2. Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS)
3. Daryl Homer (New York, N.Y.)
3. Sanguk Oh (KOR)
5. Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.)
6. Vincent Anstett (FRA)
7. Kamil Ibragimov (RUS)
8. Konstantin Kokhanov (RUS)
27. Jeff Spear (Wynantskill, N.Y.)
50. Andrew Mackiewicz (Westwood, Mass.)
77. Karol Metryka (Linden, N.J.)
81. Ben Natanzon (Manalapan, N.J.)
92. Grant Williams (Atlanta, Ga.)
101. Evan Prochniak (Boston, Mass.)
104. Peter Souders (Silver Spring, Md.)
105. Geoffrey Loss (New York, N.Y.)
150. Will Spear (Wynantskill, N.Y.)
166. Julian Merchant (Philadelphia, Pa.)
Madrid Men’s Team Saber World Cup
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