(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – All four members of the men’s saber team recently nominated to compete at the London Olympic Games advanced to the table of 64 at the Athens World Cup in Greece on Saturday, but each was eliminated in the opening round.
Daryl Homer (New York City, N.Y.), who qualified for his first Olympic Team earlier this month, entered the tournament with a 13th seed and an exemption out of the preliminary rounds on Friday. Homer fenced Andriy Yagodka (UKR) in the table of 64, but finished in 34th place after a 15-9 loss to the Ukrainian.
James Williams (New York City, N.Y.), a silver medalist in the team event in Beijing, went undefeated in the pools on Friday to advance directly to the table of 64 as the 18th seed. On Saturday, however, Williams lost a close opening bout to Massimiliano Murolo (ITA), 15-14, and finished 35th.
Tim Morehouse (New York City, N.Y.), Williams’s teammate in both London and Beijing, won three of his five pool bouts on Friday and defeated Jason Dourakos (GRE), 15-5, in his first direct elimination bout to advance to the table of 64 on Saturday. Seeded 53rd, Morehouse drew 2010 Senior World medalist Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS) and lost the bout, 15-12, and placed 54th.
Jeff Spear (Wyantskill, N.Y.), Team USA’s replacement athlete in London, also went 3-2 in the pools. Spear defeated Michal Kosman (POL), 15-7, in the preliminary table of 64 on Friday. During competition on Saturday, Spear lost his first bout of the day toGiampiero Pastore (ITA), 15-12, and placed 55th.
Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Athens Saber World Cup
1. Benedikt Beisheim (GER)
2. Benedikt Wagner (GER)
3. Rares Dumitrescu (ROU)
3. Woo Young Won (KOR)
5. Alexey Yakimenko (RUS)
6. Bon Gil Gu (KOR)
7. Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS)
8. Massimiliano Murolo (ITA)
34. Daryl Homer (New York City, N.Y.)
35. James Williams (New York City, N.Y.)
54. Tim Morehouse (New York City, N.Y.)
55. Jeff Spear (Wyantskill, N.Y.)
84. Geoffrey Loss (Laguna Beach, Calif.)
109. Teddy Weller (Barrington, R.I.)