E. Dershwitz is a left-handed American sabre fencer who has won two Olympic medals and four individual Pan American titles. He was born on September 23, 1995. E. Dershwitz became the youngest US senior men’s sabre champion in 2014 when he won the US Men’s Saber National Championship.
The first American man to win a global title in men’s sabre, E. Dershwitz went on to win the 2015 Junior World Fencing Championships in sabre. He won the sabre competition at the 2015 Pan American Games and has won the Pan American Championship four times. E. Dershwitz participated in the 2016 Summer Olympics’ fencing competition.
When he returned to Harvard University as a sophomore, he had already won the individual sabre title in the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Fencing Championships. In the sabre event at the 2018 World Fencing Championships, he took home a silver medal.
In February 2018 he topped the American rankings, and in July 2018 he topped the global rankings. Among the top 25 sabre fencers in the world, he was the youngest.
E. Dershwitz Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
You might say that former Harvard athlete Eli Dershwitz is a “sabre” toothed tiger” when it comes to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The competitive fencer, 24, from Sherbon, who participated in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, holds the distinction of becoming the first American guy to hold the No. 1 spot in the world (as of 2018) in the sabre (also spelled saber). The fact that E. Dershwitz is the youngest practitioner of the sabre among the top 25 in the world adds flavour.
E. Dershwitz trains with the belief that the 2020 Tokyo Games, which will feature competition in epee, foil, and sabre, will take place on schedule, if at all, given the threat presented by the coronavirus spread throughout the world. This is true of all Olympian-caliber competitors.
“At this time, the only thing I can do is continue with my programme, be optimistic, and train as hard as I possibly can. I am powerless to influence the state of the world, E. Dershwitz stated.
This past week was intended to be a World Cup tournament, but obviously everything got pushed back. The International Olympic Committee and the U.S. Olympic Committee are both attempting to find the greatest possible solution, but nobody knows the actual answer.
“It’s too big of a moment, too important of a tournament to let it simply go by,” E. Dershwitz remarked in reference to his own experience competing as a teenage fencer in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. I’ll try again hopefully, and in the meanwhile, I’ll take it all in,” he remarked.
World No. 2 E. Dershwitz (Sherborn, Massachusetts / Zeta Fencing Academy / Harvard) entered the men’s sabre competition as one of Team USA’s top medal contenders. He has seven medals on the World Cup circuit to his name since making his Olympic debut in 2016 and a silver medal from the 2018 Senior Worlds.
In the round of 32, E. Dershwitz faced Kaito Streets (JPN), who previously competed for Japan but won bronze in team with E. Dershwitz at the 2013 Junior Worlds.
Streets reduced E. Dershwitz lead to 10-9 in the second stanza despite the fact that he had an 8-4 advantage at the half. But after making a change, E. Dershwitz finished the fight with five straight touches and a 15-9 victory.