High explosive: Homer (USA) v Wagner (GER)

Happy 2015, everyone! I would like to provide a bit of motivation for some fitness-based resolutions, particularly those involving leg power. If this post doesn’t have people hitting the squats and box jumps, I don’t know what will.

Daryl Homer has built a bit of a complex reputation over the last few seasons. He’s an utterly extraordinary athlete, but he has a tendency to build a massive lead with his neat technique and blinding acceleration before locking up and losing matches he really shouldn’t.

In New York, however, he was coming at it from the opposite direction. Ben Wagner built a solid 8/3 lead by punishing Homer’s nervous overcommitments in the 4m. He was fencing very nicely, and looked like he was going to ruin the hometown hero’s day.

After the break, however, it was apparently time for Homer to break out his party trick:

Clean, simple, textbook.

Bit more setup for this one. This one is the real epic hit of the day. What an exchange.

Another nice one.

…and again.

…and again. Five of the damn things. Five!

Then there’s this frankly ridiculous parry-riposte which has already done the rounds a bit as a GIF, but needs to be included for the sake of completeness:

The full match is here, thanks to CyrusofChaos. Man, is it exciting. Drama, tension, awesome sabre, rowdy crowd, lovely fencers. 10/10.

Once you’ve watched that, pump out some squats.