All eyes were on London this summer at the 2012 Olympic Games,
and St. John’s University was well represented. Two Red Storm
fencers and a former STJ track-and-field star competed in the
games, making headlines both on and off the playing field.
First-time Olympian Daryl Homer ’13CPS placed sixth in Men’s
Saber, the highest finish of any athlete on the USA Men’s Fencing
team. He tied St. John’s alumnus Keeth Smart’s sixth-place result
in 2008 - a mark that remains the highest by an American since
Peter Westbrook won the bronze medal in 1984. Homer also helped his
teammates finish eighth in Men’s Team Saber.
youngest member of Team USA’s men’s squad, the 22-year-old Homer
won back-to-back NCAA Championships for St. John’s in his sophomore
and junior years. Commentators agree that he is one of the most
dynamic and promising American fencers with a bright future in the
His St. John’s classmate Dagmara Wozniak ’13C finished eighth in
Women’s Saber, ultimately losing to the No. 2 seed in the
quarterfinals. The competition was Wozniak’s second trip to the
Olympics, as she served as a replacement athlete for the U.S.
Women’s Saber team in the 2008 Games in Beijing.
These young Red Storm fencers were joined in London by St. John’s
Fencing Coach Yury Gelman, who served as Coach of Team USA Fencing
for the fourth time. In 2008, he led the Olympics Men’s Saber Team
to its best-ever finish and its first medal since 1984.
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Meanwhile, former St. John’s standout Phobay Kutu-Akoi ’09C ran the
100-meter dash for her home nation of Liberia, narrowly missing the
semifinal round by only .4 seconds. She memorably served as her
nation’s flag-bearer at the Opening Ceremonies and her inspiring
story as an immigrant, who fled Liberia in 1999 due to political
unrest, gained national acclaim.
Kutu-Akoi holds both the St. John's and Liberian records in the
100-meter dash with a time of 11.52 seconds.