TORONTO, Canada, June 27, 2019—USA’s top-ranked Eli Dershwitz took the gold medal in men’s sabre at the 2019 Pan American Fencing Championships, and USA’s Nicole Ross scored gold in women’s foil. It was the opening night of six days of individual and team competition, taking place at the Delta Hotels by Marriott Toronto Airport & Conference Centre. The day’s events featured 72 fencers participating from throughout the Americas.
Dershwitz faced his teammate, Daryl Homer, in the final match of individual men’s sabre and winning narrowly with a 15-14 score. Homer beat Argentina’s Pascual Maria Di Tella in the semifinal, 15-3, and Dershwitz defeated Canada’s Joseph Polossifakis, 15-10.
The individual women’s foil final match featured Ross facing Canadian Jessica Zi Jia Guo with a close finish, 11-10. Guo overcame teammate Kelleigh Ryan in the semifinal, 15-10, while Ross beat Canada’s Eleanor Harvey by a touch, 6-5.
Final ranking for men’s individual sabre at the 2019 Pan American Fencing Championships included Eli Dershwitz (USA, gold), Daryl Homer (USA, silver), Joseph Polossifakis (CAN, bronze), Pascual Maria Di Tella (ARG, bronze), Shaul Gordon (CAN), Fares Arfa (CAN), Marc Gelinas (CAN) and Khalil Thompson (USA).
For women’s individual foil, final ranking included Nicole Ross (USA, gold), Jessica Zi Jia Guo (CAN, silver), Kelleigh Ryan (CAN, bronze), Eleanor Harvey (CAN, bronze), Jacqueline Dubrovich (USA), Nzingha Prescod (USA), Saskia Loretta Van Erven Garcia (COL) and Lee Kiefer (USA).