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Shaul Gordon


Shaul Gordon made his senior fencing debut for Canada in 2013. He has since represented Canada at the Olympic Games, three Pan American Games and eight FIE World Championships.

Gordon earned his first career senior individual medal at the Pan American Championships in 2018 when he captured men’s sabre silver. Later that year he won gold at an FIE Satellite event in Belgium.

Gordon followed up his terrific 2018 with an even more successful 2019, starting with helping Canada bring home a third straight silver in men’s team sabre from the Pan Am Championships. At the 2019 FIE World Championships he advanced to the quarterfinals for the first time ever and posted a career-best eighth-place finish. At the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games he would also help Canada to a team sabre silver while winning a bronze in the individual sabre.

In his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020, Gordon advanced to the Table of 32. He was a double medallist at the Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games where he won another bronze in individual sabre and then contributed to Canada’s gold in men’s team sabre.

Gordon fenced collegiately at Penn State for his freshman year before transferring to the University of Pennsylvania. He finished second at the NCAA Championships in 2013, tied for third in 2014, was a three-time All-American and finished his college career with an overall record of 143-30.

A Little More About Shaul

Getting into the Sport: Started fencing at age 7 in Italy before moving to Canada when he was 10… Had his interest in the sport sparked after watching a Zorro cartoon… Outside Interests: Studied Political Science at the University of Pennsylvania… Graduated from McGill Faculty of Law in April 2019… Enjoys reading and watching NBA basketball… Speaks English, French, Hebrew, and Italian… Odds and Ends: Favourite motto: “Good, better, best. Never let them rest. Until your good is better, and your better best”… Lived in Italy from age 4 to 10… Younger sister Tamar was a teammate at the Santiago 2023 Pan Am Games…

Olympic Highlights

Games Sport Event Finish
Tokyo 2020FencingIndividual Sabre - Men25

Notable International Results

Olympic Games: 2020 - 25th (sabre)

Pan American Games: 2023 – BRONZE (sabre), GOLD (team sabre); 2019 - BRONZE (sabre), SILVER (team sabre), 7th (team épée); 2015 - 5th (sabre), SILVER (team sabre)

FIE World Championships: 2023 – 13th (sabre), 11th (team sabre); 2022 – 30th (sabre), 13th (team sabre); 2019 - 8th (sabre), 16th (team sabre); 2018 – 25th (sabre), 10th (team sabre); 2017 – 68th (sabre), 14th (team sabre), 2015 – 84th (sabre), 13th (team sabre); 2014 – 54th (sabre); 2013 – 61st (sabre)

Pan American Championships: 2023 – 8th (sabre), SILVER (team sabre); 2022 – 10th (sabre), SILVER (team sabre); 2019 - 5th (sabre), SILVER (team sabre); 2018 – SILVER (sabre), SILVER (team sabre); 2017 – 8th (sabre), SILVER (team sabre); 2015 – 22nd (sabre), SILVER (team sabre); 2014 – 9th (sabre); 2013 – 15th (sabre)

FIE World Championships (junior): 2014 – 42nd (sabre); 2013 – 6th (sabre); 2012 – 37th (sabre); 2011 – 17th (sabre)