Daryl Homer, the only U.S. man to earn an individual World Fencing Championships sabre medal, clinched a berth in a second straight Olympics on Saturday.
Homer, 25, lost in the first round of a World Cup event in Warsaw, Poland, but his international ranking is high enough that he clinched the first of two U.S. men’s sabre spots in Rio.
Homer lost in the 2012 Olympic quarterfinals, earned silver at the 2015 World Championships and is ranked No. 7 in the world.
Homer, seeking to become the first U.S. Olympic individual men’s sabre medalist since 1984 and first gold medalist ever, will be joined on the U.S. men’s sabre team in Rio by either World junior champion Eli Dershwitz or 2012 Olympian Jeff Spear.
However, Homer and Dershwitz or Spear will compete individually only in Rio as there is no men’s team sabre at the Games this year.