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DERSHWITZ Eli

sabre
Rank2
Pts210.00
Age23
HandL

Personal Information

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, Spanish

Higher education History - Harvard University: Cambridge, MA, USA

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
World Cup31-4
Alger (ALGERIA), 2017-11-03Madrid (SPAIN), 2017-05-19
Padoue (ITALY), 2018-02-02
Varsovie (POLAND), 2019-02-01
World Championship-1-1
Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-19
Zone Championships4116
San José (COSTA RICA), 2014-06-03Montreal (CANADA), 2017-06-15Panama (PANAMA), 2016-06-23
Santiago (CHILE), 2015-04-17
La Havane (CUBA), 2018-06-17
Toronto (CANADA), 2019-06-27
Grand Prix1113
Seoul (KOREA), 2016-03-25Moscow (RUSSIA), 2019-05-24Seoul (KOREA), 2018-03-30
1--1
Reykjavik (ICELAND), 2015-05-24

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at Zeta Fencing in Natick, MA, United States of America. The club was a few minutes from his house, and run by national men's sabre coach Zoran Tulum. He began focusing on fencing ahead of all other sports while he was in high school.

Why this sport? His brother Philip encouraged him to start fencing. He also enjoyed the creative aspect of the sport. "I love how, no matter what you do, your opponent can do something and then you do something else to try and win a touch. No two touches are the same."

Club / Team Zeta Fencing: Natick, MA, USA

Name of coach Zoran Tulum [club, national]

Handedness Left

General Interest

Hobbies Basketball, hiking, camping, playing soccer, tennis, listening to music. (teamusa.org, 05 Jun 2019)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver in individual sabre at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (hometownweekly.net, 01 Aug 2018)

Most influential person in career His coach, his parents. (usfencing.org, 08 Apr 2012)

Sporting philosophy / motto "I always hear staying at a high level is harder than getting there. It pushes me to work harder, practise more, eat healthier and try to push myself to be the best that I can." (boston.com, 20 Mar 2013)

Awards and honours In 2015 and 2017 he was named in the All-Ivy First Team and All-America First Team while studying at Harvard University in the United States of America. (grocrimson.com, 2017)

Milestones He became the first male fencer representing the United States of America to win gold in individual sabre at the world junior championships by securing victory at the 2015 edition of the tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (SportsDeskOnline, 17 Jun 2019; usfencing.org, 08 Apr 2015)

Famous relatives His older brother Philip has competed in fencing for Princeton University in the United States of America. (collegefencing360.com, 02 Sep 2015)

Ambitions To win gold at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (harvardmagazine.com, 01 Dec 2018)

Other information RIO EXPERIENCE
He took a year out of university to concentrate on training full-time ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. However, he suffered defeat in the round of 32 in Rio de Janeiro. "The whole year really taught me the importance of work ethics day in and day out. I really thought it was going to be smooth sailing, training full time would be easier, but no one told me that there would be good days and bad days, good weeks and bad weeks. The people who are going to jump to the next level have the ability to work through the bad weeks." (Trans World Sport YouTube channel, 24 Oct 2018)

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