Team USA fence Daryl Homer was on the verge of making history in the men’s individual sabre competition Wednesday night, as he had a chance to win the nation’s first-ever Olympic gold medal in the event. However the Bronx native fell short of that goal, as he lost to Hungary’s Aron Szilagyi in the gold medal bout by the final score of 15-8.
Szilagyi, who won the gold medal in this event four years ago, becomes the first men’s individual sabre fencer to defend his Olympic gold since France’s Jean-Francois Lamour did so in 1988. Szilagyi scored the first three points of the match, and Homer could get no closer than two points for the remainder of the match. Szilagyi strengthened his grip on the match with a run in which he scored seven of nine points to establish a 14-6 lead.
Homer managed to stave off two gold medal points, but he could do no more against the now two-time Olympic champion. Homer is the first American to medal in this event since Peter Westbrook, who established the program from which Homer learned how to fence, took bronze in 1984.
Kim Jung-Hwan of South Korea took bronze, that nation’s second fencing medal in these Olympic Games.