Harvard freshman Eli Dershwitz and his coach Zoran Tulum made a dream come true today when Dershwitz won the gold medal in this year’s Fencing Junior and Cadet World Championships. At the competition that is being held in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, Dershwitz dominated the field of the world’s 97 best U20 sabre fencers. He secured the title with a decisive 15-8 victory over Italian Francesco Bonsanto, who is currently the number 2-ranked junior sabre fencer internationally.
Dershwitz is a graduate of Dover-Sherborn High and has been fencing at Zeta Fencing in Natick, Massachusetts for ten years. Zeta Fencing’s head coach Zoran Tulum is also the National Coach for the US Men’s Sabre Team and an experienced Olympic Coach. Tulum and Dershwitz have been working together successfully for a long time, always aiming for the world’s highest title. Dershwitz is the number 1-ranked junior men’s sabre fencer in the United States, and number 3 in the senior age group. This July, he will represent USA again at the Senior World Championships in Moscow, Russia.
Starting with the Pan American Zonal Championships that will be held in Santiago, Chile later this month, Dershwitz will enter the race for a spot on the US Olympic Team in Rio 2016. What could be a better start for the Olympic hopeful from Massachusetts than a World Championship title?
Read USA Fencing’s report about Eli’s historic win here.