The reigning Junior World Champion in men’s saber fencing just added another title to his fencing career. At the senior world championships last week in Moscow, Dershwitz was disappointed to finish 54th out of 144 competitors. This week, he made up for it. In Toronto, he won the individual competition in men’s saber at the 2015 Pan American Games. In the gold-medal match he dominated Canadian Joseph Polossifakis and won with a score of 15 – 9. It was the first time that Dershwitz participated in the Pan American Games which are held every four years, but after winning the Pan American Championships for the last two years in a row, his gold finish didn’t really come as a surprise. “I feel amazing,” Dershwitz said. “To end this season individually with a gold medal is a great feeling and will help motivate me next year to try and qualify for Rio.”
Together with his teammates Daryl Homer and Jeff Spear, Dershwitz finished the season with another gold medal in today’s team competition. The US Men’s Saber Team beat Canada in the final match with a score of 45 – 37. To make this year’s Pan American Games an even more successful event for USA Fencing, the US Women’s Saber Team also captured the team gold today, and the individual women’s saber title was claimed by US fencer Dagmara Wozniak earlier this week.
The US fencing teams had traveled to Toronto directly after finishing World Fencing Championships in Moscow, Russia. There, Olympian Daryl Homer won silver and became the first male saber fencer in US history to medal at senior world championships. After a close loss to Germany, the US Men’s Saber Team didn’t reach the medal rounds but finished 5th in the world. National Men’s Saber Coach Zoran Tulum is proud of his team: “After losing against number 1-ranked Germany, our team showed incredible determination and fought hard to beat very strong teams from Hungary and Romania. Our team was seeded 8th going into the competition, but they showed everybody that our men’s saber fencing program is one of the strongest in the world, and that our team spirit is truly outstanding.”
Now being ranked number 17 in the world individually, Eli Dershwitz will take a year off his studies at Harvard to train for the Olympic Games in Rio 2016. A 2014 graduate of Dover-Sherborn High, Eli will continue to practice with Zoran Tulum at Zeta Fencing in Natick. During the 2014-2015 fencing season, Dershwitz has taken important steps to reach his Olympic dreams. He knows that as the youngest fencer among the world’s top 25, his promising career has just started.