Eli Schenkel competing for Canada in individual foil.

Eli Schenkel


Eli Schenkel has been competing internationally for Canada since 2013. His career-high FIE year-end ranking is 50th, achieved in 2019-20. Schenkel has competed at four FIE World Championships, recording a personal best finish of 25th in 2019. One of his career highlights is finishing in the top-16 at a World Cup in Seoul in April 2014 when he defeated 2013 World Champion Miles Chamley-Watson.

Schenkel has represented Canada twice at the Pan Am Games. At Toronto 2015, he helped the foil team to a fifth-place finish. At Lima 2019, he won medals in two separate team events, bringing home a team foil bronze and team sabre silver. In 2018, he recorded a career best 10th place finish in individual foil at the Pan American Championships. He advanced to the Table of 32 in the individual foil during his Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020.

Schenkel fenced collegiately for St. John’s University where he was named a Third Team All-American as a sophomore in 2012 and finished 18th at the NCAA Championships as a junior in 2013.

A Little More About Eli

Getting into the Sport: Started fencing at age 10 and competing at age 11… Outside Interests: Graduated from St. John’s University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Science (Economics major, Philosophy minor) and earned a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from Durham University Business School in 2017… Earned a Certificate in Performance Athletic Footwear from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2014… Worlds as an executive assistant for Startup Boost, a non-profit startup pre-accelerator… Enjoys rock climbing and designing… Odds and Ends: Favourite quote: “Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see” – Arthur Schopenhauer…

Faits saillants olympiques

Jeux Sport Épreuve Rang
Tokyo 2020FencingIndividual Foil - Men30

Palmarès international

Olympic Games: 2020 - 30th (foil)

Pan American Games: 2019 - 6th (foil), BRONZE (team foil), SILVER (team sabre); 2015 - 5th (team foil)

FIE World Championships: 2019 - 25th (foil), 16th (team foil); 2018 – 103rd (foil), 19th (team foil); 2015 – 32nd (foil),16th (team foil); 2014 – 124th (foil), 17th (team foil)

Pan American Championships: 2019 - 13th (foil), SILVER (team foil); 2018 – 10th (foil), BRONZE (team foil); 2015 – 10th (foil), BRONZE (team foil); 2014 – 12th (foil), SILVER (team foil)