FENCING Preview: U.S.’s Dershwitz starts at no. 1 in Men’s Sabre World Cup

American Sabre star Eli Dershwitz

The season opener for the men’s Sabre division comes in Algiers (ALG), with 161 entries, including nine of the top 10 in the FIE World Rankings:

1. Eli Dershwitz (USA) ~ 2018 World Championships silver medalist (pictured)
2. Bongil Gu (KOR) ~ 2017 Worlds silver medalist; 2017-18 Worlds Team gold medalist
4. Aron Szilagyi (HUN) ~ 2016 Olympic Champion
5. Sanguk Oh (KOR) ~ 2017-18 World Championships Team gold medalist
6. Kamil Ibragimov (RUS) ~ 2017-18 World Championships bronze medalist
7. Luca Curatoli (ITA) ~ 2018 World Championships Team silver medalist
8. Andreas Szatmari (HUN) ~ 2017 World Champion
9. Max Hartung (GER) ~2015 World Championships bronze medalist
10. Veliamin Reshetnikov (RUS)

In addition, American Daryl Homer, the 2016 Olympic silver medalist and 2015 Worlds silver winner, is entered and ranked 15th at present.

Dershwitz, 23, will start the season at no. 1 in the rankings after his first Worlds medal – a silver – in 2018. He was 10th in Rio, but started last season with a win in this tournament, then also won in Padua in February and had a bronze medal in the Seoul (KOR) Grand Prix in March to propel him up the rankings.

Individual competition will be held on Friday and Saturday, with a team event on Sunday. Look for results here.