June 8, 2018
QUEENS, N.Y. – Facing the top saber fencers across the continent of Africa, Fares Ferjani won gold yesterday at the African Fencing Championships in men’s saber in his native country of Tunisia.
The Second Team All-American from last season, Ferjani went a perfect 4-0 in pool play and outscored his opponents by 20 touches, the most of any other competitor. The stellar pool play performance from the rising sophomore earned him the top seed in the table of 32.
Following a bye in the table of 32, Ferjani cruised in his first two bouts with a 15-5 victory in the table of 16 and then a 15-8 triumph in the quarterfinals.
Looking to advance to the finals, the rising sophomore kept up his terrific performance on the piste with another convincing, 15-6, victory to advance to the gold medal bout.
Ferjani, a 2016 Rio Olympic participant, edged Mohamed Amer of Egypt in a thrilling, 15-13, victory to clinch the gold medal and a spot in the Senior World Championships.
The Carthage, Tunisia, native combined to go a perfect 9-0 at the African Fencing Championships in his home country to finish with gold.
Next up, Ferjani will fence in the Senior World Championships in Wuxi, China, beginning on July 17th.