Aug. 3, 2012
QUEENS, N.Y. – Senior Daryl Homer and Team USA placed eighth in the men’s team saber event – the final Olympic fencing event with St. John’s participants. The eighth-seeded U.S. men’s saber squad, led by Coach Yury Gelman, earned their eighth place finish after being defeated by No. 2 Belarus, 45-35, in the second round of the consolation bracket.
With a chance to outperform their seed and finish seventh, the U.S. came out strong against Belarus, taking a 4-2 lead behind Homer’s effort. However, the higher-seeded Belarus squad quickly took control and prevented the U.S. men’s saber squad from surmounting a late rally.
Team USA was first sent into the consolation bracket by the top-seeded Russian team in the quarterfinals, which marked the first round of the event. The U.S. team, which drew the lowest seed in the event, fell to No. 1 Russia, 45-33, despite having success against them in Sunday’s individual event. Two of the three Russian fencers were defeated by Team USA in the individual event – one of which was eliminated by Homer.
The loss to Russia set up a match with No. 5 China in the first round of the consolation bracket. China, who boasts 2008 gold medalist Zhong Man, defeated the U.S., 45-28.
Belarus took the seventh place spot, while China went on to finish sixth after being beaten by Germany for the fifth place spot. Russia placed fourth, while Italy won bronze. Korea won the gold, defeating Romania in the finals.
Both Homer and his U.S. teammate and former classmate Dagmara Wozniak are finished with their Olympic competitions. Wozniak, who has used up her four years of athletic eligibility, will return to St. John’s to pursue her degree and expects to graduate in the spring of 2013. The 24-year-old, who recently revealed she competed with a partially torn Achilles, will continue to pursue her dream of Olympic gold and expects to compete in the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro.
Homer, who was the youngest on the men’s saber squad at 22-years-old, will also return to St. John’s in the fall to pursue his degree. He has one year of athletic eligibility left and is expected to compete for the Red Storm fencing team again. Gelman believes that Homer will be a favorite to win the gold medal at the 2016 Olympics.
For more on Wozniak and Homer and their 2012 Olympic Games experiences, follow their official twitter accounts (@DarylHomerUSA and @DagaUSAFencing) as well as the official St. John's fencing twitter account (@STJ_Fencing). Join the conversation by using the #stjfencing and #JohnniesInLondon.
Shortcuts for re-watching the U.S. men’s saber team on NBColympics.com
Quarterfinals match vs. No. 1 Russia
Classification round match vs. No. 5 China
Classification round match vs. No. 2 Belarus