(Photo by: Derek Hamilton)
BUDAPEST, Hungary - The quest to earn a second Senior World medal fell just one round short for recent Harvard graduate Eli Dershwitz over the weekend at the Senior World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Dershwitz finished fifth overall in the tournament and is now ranked No. 2 in the world.
Being exempt from the pool rounds after being ranked No. 1 in the world in saber fencing, Dershwitz went on a 5-2 run to close the opening round at 8-5 before winning the bout, 15-7, in the second round.
The Sherborn, Mass. native first defeated William Dreary (GBR) in a comeback victory after being down 11-7 and finishing 15-13. In the table of 16, Dershwitz faced Csanad Gemesi (HUN), defeating the Hungarian 15-8 in front of the home crowd.
For his third opponent, Dershwitz faced Andras Szatmari (HUN) who had previously defeated 2018 Senior World bronze medalist Junho Kim (KOR) and 2014 Senior World Champion Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS). After taking an 8-6 lead, Dershwitz surrendered six touches and fell to Szatmari 15-12.
"It was a tough matchup. I've fenced him so many times throughout my career and I felt pretty confident because I beat him at the last World Cup of the season," said Dershwitz. "He was fencing really well. I thought I was fencing ok, but, obviously, to get a world medal, you need to be more than ok."
Dershwitz is now the first U.S. men's saber fencer to advance to the quarterfinals at the Senior Worlds twice in his career. He won a Silver Medal in 2018 at the World Championships.