Less than two weeks after becoming the first American men’s sabre fencer to ever win a World Championship title, Eli Dershwitz returned to the medal podium. In Santiago, Chile he defended his Pan American title and won the individual gold medal for the second year in a row. In the final bout, he had to face his teammate and 2012 Olympian Daryl Homer. Dershwitz gained an early 8-2 lead in the first half of the bout, but Homer came back strong in the second half and claimed a lead at 13-12. In the end, Dershwitz finished the bout with three touches in a row to win 15-13.
Dershwitz was joined by two teammates on the medal podium: Daryl Homer took the silver, and Jeff Spear won a bronze medal. National Coach Zoran Tulum, who is also Dershwitz’s personal coach, led his team to a remarkable 1-2-3 finish.
The Pan American Championships were the first qualifying event for the Olympic Games in Rio, 2016. As the current Junior World Champion and returning Pan American Champion, Dershwitz made it clear that his Olympic bid is to be taken very seriously. As of now, he is ranked number 21 in the world by the International Fencing Federation FIE.
See complete results of the Pan American individual men’s sabre competition here.
See current FIE men’s sabre individual point standings here.