One Step Closer to London, James Williams, Jeff Spear Lead U.S. Men's Sabre Team to World Cup Medal
On Sunday, Williams and teammates Jeff Spear '10, Tim Morehouse and Daryl Homer became the first U.S. Men’s Saber Team to earn a World Cup medal since 2005.
Competing at the Moscow World Cup, Team USA was seeded seventh and earned a bye into the table of 16 where the U.S. team defeated Canada, 45-28, to officially qualify a team for the London Games.
In the quarterfinals, Team USA edged the second-seeded Germans, 45-44, to advance to the semifinals against China, a team fighting for their Olympic lives as a win over the Americans would qualify the 11th seeds for London.
China won the bout, 45-28, and would go on to win gold over Russia, 45-44. The win moved China into an Olympic slot and meant that France, the two-time reigning Olympic Champions, will not qualify for London.
In the bout for third place, Team USA defeated Belarus, the 2011 Senior World silver medalists, 45-41, to win bronze and establish themselves as contenders for a podium finish in London.
With the U.S. team slot now qualified in the final Olympic qualification event of the season, the U.S. Men’s Saber Team will be selected at the conclusion of the Division I National Championships in Virginia Beach on April 15. The top three fencers in the USA Fencing National Team Point Standings will be named to the Olympic Team and the fourth will be the replacement athlete.
The first, second and third positions in the rankings are presently held by Homer, Morehouse and Williams, respectively. Spear holds the #4 position and 2011 Senior World Team member Ben Igoe is in fifth.
Reporting courtesy of the United States Fencing Association