Eli Dershwitz defeated two-time Olympic champion Aron Szilagyi of Hungary on Saturday to win the saber fencing world cup event in Padoue, Italy.
The win was Dershwitz’s second in world cup competition, following a win this past November in Algeria. He won his first world cup medal when he took silver in May 2017 in Spain.
The 22-year-old Dershwitz, a 2016 Olympian, is ranked sixth in the world. In Padoue, the Boston native won five bouts in the single-elimination tournament before meeting Szilagyi, the 2012 and ’16 Olympic champ, in the final. There, Dershwitz won 2-0.
Dershwitz took a year off from his studies at Harvard to compete for a spot at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, where he finished 19th. One year earlier, in 2015, he became the first American to win a world junior title in saber fencing. He also won a team gold medal at that year’s Pan American Games.