New York fencers Tim Morehouse and Daryl Homer pulled off early upsets in the men's individual saber competition before they were eliminated in the quarter-finals in London.
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Beijing team silver medalist Morehouse was the London individual tournament's No. 27 seed, and was not expected to beat Round of 32 opponent Veniamin Reshetnikov the No. 6 seed.
Not only did Morehouse pull the upset, he proceeded to beat Round of 16 opponent Dmitri Lapkes (No. 11 seed) before losing in the quarterfinal to Occhiuzzi.
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Bronx resident Homer - the No. 18 seed - beat the No. 15 ranked fencer before pulling off most impressive show of mental fortitude so far at the Games.
Tasked with facing No. 2 seed Aleksei Yakimenko - the three-time consecutive European champion - Homer came out firing, ultimately notching a 14-9 lead. Yakimenko fought back, tying the score at 14 before Homer registered the final touch to take the bout.
Though the American would go on to lose in the quarterfinal to Dumitrescu, his performance is a testament to the strength of a U.S. fencing program that has shown impressive young talent thus far.
Fencer Aron Szilagyi of Hungary won the Olympic gold medal in men's individual saber, while Diego Occhiuzzi took silver. Nikolay Kovalev of Russia won the bronze medal match.
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