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DERSHWITZ Eli
NOC United States   
GenderMen
Born 23 Sep 1995 in Boston, MA, USA
Height1.86 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete
Languages English, Spanish
Higher education History - Harvard University: Cambridge, MA, USA
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)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
World Championships
2018 2 Individual Sabre Wuxi, China
2017 4 Team Sabre Leipzig, Germany
Pan American Championships
2019 1 Individual Sabre Toronto, Canada
2019 1 Team Sabre Toronto, Canada
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