Dartmouth fencer wins gold at Bay State Games

Jun 14, 2022

Dartmouth fencer Sayid Achilov, 16, won a gold medal in the 13-and-up senior men’s foil fencing competition held at the Boston Fencing Club on June 5.

The Dartmouth High student, who trains at the Rhode Island Fencing Academy & Club, was also awarded one of two sportsmanship awards given at the competition — given for his “understanding and appreciation of the sport as well as respect for his opponents, the officials, coaches, and volunteers.”

With the victory, Achilov earned back his C-level fencing rating on a scale ranging from E (the lowest) to A.

He also took 7th place in the junior men’s foil competition, which is open to fencers up to 21 years old.

The Bay State Games is an amateur sports festival that hosts competitions twice a year featuring athletes from around New England.

Achilov, and his sister Feyza Achilova, also competed at last year’s Summer Nationals, USA fencing’s final, major tournament of the sport season.

Achilov finished sixth in Division III Men’s Foil at that event while his sister took fifth in Division II women’s foil.