TASHKENT, Uzbekistan – Continuing his award-winning freshman season, Harvard men's fencing's Eli Dershwitz won gold at the 2015 World Championships in men's sabre.
The Dearborn, Massachusetts native got out to an early lead against Italy's Francesco Bonsanto, 8-3, in the gold medal bout, and would not cede control, winning 15-8. Dershwitz also defeated Egypt's Mohamed Amer in the semifinals, 15-10, during the tournament's final day.
Leading up to the final four, Dershwitz took down Kuwait's Bandar Alshaman, 15-12, in the round of 32; Venezuela's Jose Quintero, 15-6, in the round of 16; and, Russia's Dmitriy Danilenko, 15-6, with eight fencers remaining.
The event ran from April 1-9, and was the first fencing championships hosted in Tashkent. The victory was Dershwitz's second on the international circuit in 2015, as he earned top honors at the Junior World Cup in Budapest in September.
Dershwitz ended his freshman campaign at Harvard with an 84-14 overall record with a +234 indicator.