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Daryl Homer Wins Historic American Silver In Fencing At 2016 Rio Olympics

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Daryl Homer had a really good fighting chance to win the first gold medal in over a century for the United States of America at the fencing finals of the 2016 Rio Olympics on Wednesday, but he eventually lost 15-8 to rival Aron Szilagui of Hungary. Still, he makes history by becoming the first American to ever win a silver medal in men’s individual sabre.

The 26-year-old silver medalist from the 2015 World Fencing Championships also succeeds Peter Westbrook, who was the first American to bring home an Olympic medal in individual saber (a bronze, in 1984).

“I’m just very, very pleased,” Homer said. “Just happy to be on the podium, happy that I competed, happy that I left it all out there. I think I just overthought the match a little bit, got a little of the heebie-jeebies.”

The Olympic saber fencer seems to have been inspired by his mom, who was also intrigued by the sport after seeing fencers in her children’s book. Daryl later became very interested in the sport after seeing a commercial featuring two fencers promoting New York City’s bid to host the 2012 Olympics. After that, as they say, the rest was history.

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