Two-time Olympian Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) won her first individual World Cup medal on Saturday when she took bronze in St. Maur, France.
The win is the first individual World Cup podium finish for a U.S. women’s epee fencer since 2003.
Hurley, a 2012 Olympic team medalist, fenced in the pools on Friday where she went 6-0 to earn the 18th seed in the table of 64 on Saturday.
Hurley opened the competition with wins over a pair of Germans – Anja Schuenke and 2004 Olympic silver medalist Imke Duplitzer – by scores of 15-12 and 15-14, respectively.
In the table of 16, Hurley fenced teammate Rebecca Chimahusky (Wheaton, Md.) With the score tied at 11 in the third period, the two fencers doubled out to 14 before Hurley scored the final single touch for a 15-14 win.
Hurley’s success continued in the quarter-finals where she defeated 2013 Senior World Team Champion Yana Zvereva (RUS), 15-13.
Hurley’s semifinal bout came down to the final touches, but she was outscored by Rossella Fiamingo (ITA), 15-13.
A four-time individual medalist at the Pan Am Championships, this is Hurley’s first individual World Cup medal and the win moves her into the No. 1 position in the U.S. women’s epee national team rankings.
Fencing in her first Senior World Cup, Chimahusky finished in 14th place with wins over Dominika Mosler (POL), 15-14, and Ana Maria Constantin (ROU), 6-5, before her loss to Hurley.
London Olympic team medalist Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) and two-time Junior World medalist Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C.) each advanced to the table of 64.
Courtney Hurley lost to two-time reigning Junior World Team Champion Tatiana Gudkova (RUS), 14-9, and finished 46th.
Holmes placed 62nd after a 15-13 loss to 2013 Senior World silver medalist Anna Sivkova (RUS).
On Sunday, the Hurleys, Holmes and 2014 Junior World Team member Amanda Sirico (Bowie, Md.) fenced in the team competition.
Team USA lost to France, 43-38, in the table of 16, but rebounded with three straight wins in the 9th – 16th place table.
After a 45-27 win over Canada, Team USA defeated Switzerland, 45-39. In their final bout of the day, the Americans defeated Korea, the 2012 Olympic silver medalists, 40-33, to finish in ninth place.
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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
St. Maur Individual Epee World Cup
1. Anqi Xu (CHN)
2. Rossella Fiamingo (ITA)
3. Ana Maria Branza (ROU)
3. Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas)
5. Yana Shemyakina (UKR)
6. Emma Samuelsson (SWE)
7. Erika Kirpu (EST)
8. Yana Zvereva (RUS)
14. Rebecca Chimahusky (Wheaton, Md.)
46. Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas)
62. Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C.)
77. Francesca Bassa (Houston, Texas)
105. Amanda Sirico (Bowie, Md.)
113. Natalie Vie (Phoenix, Ariz.)
117. Anna Van Brummen (Houston, Texas)
118. Nina Van Loon (Boulder, Colo.)
135. Victoria Mo (Irvine, Calif.)
156. Danielle Henderson (Piscataway, N.J.)
195. Cassandra Bates (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
St. Maur Team Epee World Cup