PADOUE, Italy – Eli Dershwitz of the men's fencing team won his second gold medal of the year in international competition, earning the championship in the sabre category for the United States at the Senior World Cup Italy. The tournament, which took place Friday, Feb. 2, featured 212 top fencers from around the world.
Dershwitz won gold after defeating the top three sabre fencers in the world. The junior co-captain of Harvard first took down No. 1 Gu Bongil of Korea in the quarterfinals, 15-4, before defeating No. 3 Luca Curatoli of Italy in the semifinals, 15-13. Dershwitz was crowned champion after winning 15-12 against Hungary's Aron Szilagyi, the gold medalist for sabre in the 2012 London Olympic Games.
The Sherborn, Mass. native won his first Senior World Cup gold medal in Algeria earlier this year from Nov. 3-5, 2017. Dershwitz is now ranked sixth in the world by the International Fencing Federation. At Harvard, the junior sabre fencer has posted a 14-1 record so far in the 2017-18 season.
The Crimson hosts its only home bout of the season Sunday, Feb. 4 against NYU at 12 p.m. The contest will be broadcast live on the Ivy League Network.