Tim Morehouse and Daryl Homer notched wins against higher seeded opponents, but were cut short in their bids to win medals that the 2010 New York World Cup for men’s sabre. Morehouse, the 13th seed heading into direct eliminations won his early matches and then defeated off Nicolas Mayer (FRA) to earn a trip into the top-8.
In the 8, Morehouse ran up against an upset-minded Bolande Apithy (FRA). Apithy had bested Luigi Tarantino (ITA) in the round of 32 and started strong against Morehouse – holding an 8-6 lead over the American fencer at the break. Apithy continued to put the pressure on with a 4-1 run to bring the score to 12-7. Morehouse started to climb back into the match, but was unable to find the right rhythm against his opponent and fell 15-10.
Daryl Homer sparked a huge amount of crowd noise by starting off strong is his T-64 match against 6th seed Aron Szilagyi (HUN). Homer, the 59th seed into the DE table, pushed for the entire match to ever growing cheers from the pro-US crowd. He never let up during the match and walked away with the 15-9 upset.
Homer would continue with a 15-10 trouncing of Gelu Zalomir (ROU) and a victory over Zsolt Nemcsik (HUN) to make the 8 and a match against Aldo Montano (ITA). Against Montano he was not as fortunate and fell 15-7.
Although Homer provided the largest upset of the day in Men’s Sabre, his was not the only significant toppling of a higher seeded fencer. Only 1 of the 4 sections of the table went to form with #1 Limbach (GER) vs. #9 Samele (ITA). The other sections featured top 8 matchups between Apithy (37) and Morehouse (13), Montano (3) and Homer (59), and Tricarico (ITA – 23) vs. Won (KOR – 47).
The semi-final matches will feature Limbach (GER) vs. Apithy (FRA) and Montano (ITA) vs. Won (KOR).