By Brandon Penny | May 21, 2017, 1:16 p.m. (ET)
Eli Dershwitz celebrates at Villa de Madrid on May 20, 2017 in Madrid.

 

Two points is all that separated Eli Dershwitz from standing atop the podium at the Villa de Madrid, a men’s saber fencing world cup held in Madrid this weekend.

In the final, Dershwitz fell 15-14 to Germany’s Max Hartung. Still, the silver medal was a victory for the American as it marked his first-ever individual world cup medal.

Ranked No. 10 in the world, Dershwitz’s previous best world cup placement was seventh in 2016 in Poland.

To reach the gold-medal match against No. 9 Hartung, Dershwitz downed 37th-ranked Nicolas Rousset of France, 15-13, followed by No. 61 Enver Yildirim of Turkey, 15-10, and No. 57 Riccardo Nuccio of Italy, 15-9.

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In the quarterfinal, Dershwitz made quick work of Italy’s 12th-ranked Luigi Samele, 15-10, before dominating in an impressive 15-8 semifinal over world No. 2 Aron Szilagyi of Hungary.

Dershwitz’s individual silver is added to his five team world cup medals – two golds and three silvers earned from 2014-16.

Individually, he has won three junior world championships medals (gold – 2015, silver – 2012, bronze – 2013), Pan American Games gold in 2015 and a grand prix gold medal in Seoul, South Korea, last year that solidified his spot on his first Olympic team last year. He finished 19th in Rio.