Courtney Hurley (left) fenced Ewa Nelip in the quarter-finals in Rio. Photo Credit: FIE
The U.S. Women's Epee Team earned a top eight finish in Rio.
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) earned a season-best eighth place at the final women’s epee World Cup of the season in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday.
After going 4-2 in pools on Friday, the 2012 Olympic team bronze medalist advanced to the second day of competition with a 15-12 victory over Leonora MacKinnon (CAN).
In the table of 64, Hurley defeated Marie-Florence Candassamy (FRA), 15-9, before overcoming 2012 Olympic team silver medalist A Lam Shin (KOR), 15-11. She then reached the quarter-finals by edging out four-time Senior World medalist Irina Embrich (EST), by a score of 15-13, but missed a spot on the podium with a 15-8 loss to Ewa Nelip (POL).
Hurley’s older sister, Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas), was exempt from the preliminary rounds Friday and finished the event with a top-32 result.
Kelley, who won team bronze with Courtney at the 2012 Games, bested Sera Song (KOR), 15-12, in the 64, but came up short in the following round, falling to 2015 Junior World Champion Coraline Vitalis (FRA), 15-7.
The silver medalist at the Junior World Championships last month, Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.) cruised through her preliminary table of 64 bout, posting a 15-6 win over Anna Kun (HUN). However, on Saturday, Nixon lost to 2013 Senior World Champion Julia Beljajeva (EST), 15-9.
On Sunday, Courtney Hurley, Kelley Hurley, Nixon and two-time Senior World Team member Anna Van Brummen (Houston, Texas) competed in the team event.
Team USA secured a spot in the quarter-finals with a 45-43 victory over Poland, but dropped the match to China, 37-31.
The following round, the Americans were just out-touched by Germany, 32-31, and ended their day with a 45-39 loss to Estonia for eighth place.
The U.S. finished the world cup season in eighth place. In June, the Zonal Championships will be held to determine the final seeding for the World Championships in July.
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Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Rio de Janeiro Individual Women’s Epee World Cup
1. Kristina Kuusk (EST)
2. Alexandra Ndolo (GER)
3. Erika Kirpu (EST)
3. Ewa Nelip (POL)
5. Daria Martynyuk (RUS)
6. Mara Navarria (ITA)
7. Lis Fautsch (LUX)
8. Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas)
23. Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas)
59. Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.)
83. Rebecca Chimahusky (Wheaton, Md.)
84. Anna Van Brummen (Houston, Texas)
90. Isis Washington (Parsippany, N.J.)
92. Danielle Henderson (Princeton, N.J.)
93. Victoria Mo (New York, N.Y.)
Rio de Janeiro Team Women’s Epee World Cup
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