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DERSHWITZ Eli
NOC United States   
GenderMen
Born 23 Sep 1995 in Boston, MA, USA
Height1.86 m
Weight 77 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Sherborn, MA, USA
Occupation Athlete, Student
Languages English, Spanish
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing 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.
Why this sport? His brother Philip encouraged him to take it up. 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, listening to music. (teamusa.org, 01 Sep 2016)
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 his first two seasons competing for Harvard University he was named in the All-Ivy First Team and All-America First Team in both 2015 and 2017. (grocrimson.com, 2017)
Famous relatives His older brother Philip has competed in fencing for Princeton University, NJ, United States of America. (collegefencing360.com, 02 Sep 2015)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (boston.com, 16 Jul 2016)
Other information NATIONAL FIRST
He became the first US men's sabre fencer to win gold at the world junior championships, when he secured victory at the 2015 edition of the tournament in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. (usfencing.org, 08 Apr 2015)

UNIVERSITY LEADER
He was named one of two captains of the Harvard men's fencing team for the 2017/18 season. (gocrimson.com, 09 May 2017)

OLYMPIC BREAK
After his first year at Harvard University in Cambridge, MA, United States of America, he took a year off from studying and competing for the university in 2015/16, in order to focus on training full-time for the 2016 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He returned to college in 2016/17. (usfencing.org, 12 Dec 2015; bostonglobe.com, 19 Jul 2016; gocrimson.com, 24 Mar 2017)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
World Championships
2018 2 Individual Sabre Wuxi, China
2017 4 Team Sabre Leipzig, Germany
Pan American Championships
2018 1 Individual Sabre Havana, Cuba
2018 1 Team Sabre Havana, Cuba
2017 1 Team Sabre Montreal, Canada
2017 2 Individual Sabre Montreal, Canada
2016 1 Team Sabre Panama, Panama
2016 3 Individual Sabre Panama, Panama
2015 1 Individual Sabre Santiago, Chile
2015 1 Team Sabre Santiago, Chile
2014 1 Individual Sabre San Josť, Costa Rica
2013 1 Team Sabre Cartagena, Colombia