James Leighman Williams
|Born||September 22, 1985
Williams, is a graduate of Columbia University, where he competed on the fencing team. In his college freshman year, he posted a record of 18-3. Coming into Columbia he was ranked 8th nationally in Junior men’s sabre, and 19th in Senior men’s sabre. Williams originally began fencing with the Sacramento Fencing Club. After graduating from high school, James moved to New York to attend Columbia University. He graduated in 2007 with a B.A. in United States History and Russian Studies.
In 2006 in his junior year he received All-American status, after placing 5th at the NCAA championships. He placed 1st in sabre at the North American Cup. He also finished 4th at the NCAA Regionals, and was named 1st team All Ivy League after winning 14 of 15 Ivy League bouts.
He twice finished 7th in the Junior “A” World Cup. Finished 5th at the World Cup in Louisville, and was 3rd in Under-19 Junior men’s saber in 2001. In 2003 he finished 2nd in the same event, as well as 17th in Division I. He was National Champion in 2012.
In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he was a substitute, but was called in the gold medal bout against France. He faced Nicolas Lopez (3-5), Julien Pillet (5-5), and Boris Sanson (2-5) in the bout. The U.S overall lost 45 - 37.
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