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Eli Dershwitz Wins First Saber Fencing World Cup Gold Medal

By Karen Price | Nov. 04, 2017, 3:18 p.m. (ET)

Eli Dershwitz celebrates after winning the championship match at the FIE World Cup on Nov. 4, 2017 in Algiers, Algeria.


Olympian Eli Dershwitz won his first-ever world cup gold medal on Saturday in men’s saber fencing in Algiers, Algeria.

The 22-year-old from Boston defeated Italy’s Enrico Berre, 15-9, after jumping out to an 8-4 lead which he eventually extended to 13-9 before putting the finishing touches on the victory. 

Dershwitz, ranked No. 12 in the world, defeated Russia’s Veniamin Reshetnikov in the semifinals. He also defeated Andras Szatmari of Hungary and Junghwan Kim of Korea en route to the final match. Berre was ranked No. 13 going into the final.

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In May, Dershwitz won his first-ever individual medal on the world cup circuit, taking silver after a close final against Germany’s Max Hartung in Madrid. Prior to that, his previous best world cup placement was seventh in 2016 in Poland.

Dershwitz made his Olympic debut at the Olympic Games Rio 2016 and finished 19th overall. He is a gold medalist in both the junior world championships and Pan American Games and won his first grand prix medal in March 2016.

The meet continues on Sunday with the men’s team tournament. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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