ALGIERS, Algeria, Nov. 3-5, 2017 – USA’s Eli Dershwitz took the gold medal this weekend at the Algerian Sabre World Cup, held at the Salle Omnisports Harcha Hacene in Algiers. Germany won first place in the men’s team sabre event, with a field of 18 countries competing. More than 130 senior men’s sabre fencers participated from around the world.
Dershwitz, who last year won the Seoul, Korea Sabre Grand Prix, overcame Italy’s Enrico Berre, 15-9, to win the World Cup. Both finalists competed against Russians in the semi-finals, with Berre defeating Kamil Ibragimov (RUS), 15-6, and Dershwitz winning a very close bout over World Champion Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS), 15-14.
In the men’s sabre team competition, Germany defeated Italy in the final, 45-28. Both teams achieved the same score, 45-34, over their opponents in the semi-final, with Germany fencing Iran and Italy facing Hungary. The bronze medal went to Hungary by a single point over Iran, 45-44.
The top-eight overall individual men’s sabre ranking from Algiers include Eli Dershwitz (USA, gold), Enrico Berre (ITA, silver), Kamil Ibragimov (RUS, bronze), Veniamin Reshetnikov (RUS, bronze), Andras Szatmari (HUN), Alberto Pellegrini (ITA), Bolade Apithy (FRA), and Junho Kim (KOR).
Overall, the top-eight team rankings place Germany (gold) first, followed by Italy (silver), Hungary (bronze), Iran, Russia, France, Korea, and USA.