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Kelley Hurley Takes Top-Eight Finish in Havana

01/17/2020, 7:15pm CST
By Kristen Henneman

Kelley Hurley placed sixth at the Havana World Cup. Photo Credit: Trifiletti / #BizziTeam


Kelley Hurley, Courtney Hurley, Kat Holmes and Isis Washington placed seventh in the team event. Photo Credit: Trifiletti / #BizziTeam

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – London Olympic team bronze medalist Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) earned a top-eight finish at the second World Cup of the season last weekend in Havana.

Her best result on the circuit during Olympic qualification, Hurley went 3-1 on the day, taking two one-point victories.

2020 Havana Women’s Épée World Cup Results

The first came in the table of 64 when Hurley outtouched Alexanne Verret (CAN), 15-14.

In the table of 32, the three-time Olympian fenced 2017 World Champion Tatiana Gudkova (RUS). Facing a 10-6 deficit with just over one minute remaining, Hurley scored four single lights to tie the bout at 10 with 18 seconds left on the clock.

Still deadlocked at the end of regulation, Hurley completed the come-from-behind victory, taking the winning touch exactly halfway into the overtime period, 11-10.

Hurley ended the second period of the table of 16 with two straight touches to take a 10-7 lead over 2016 Junior World Team Champion Alexandra Louis Marie (FRA) into the final break and went on to win, 15-12.

With one more victory needed to clinch a medal, Hurley faced two-time European Championship medalist Renata Knapik-Miazga (POL). Tied at seven in the final period, Hurley couldn’t keep her run going and lost, 15-12.

With three months remaining until the 2020 Olympic Team is named in St. Louis, Hurley ranks No. 2 in the USA Fencing Women’s Épée Team Point Standings behind her sister, Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas).

Courtney Hurley, who is also a 2012 Olympic team bronze medalist as well as a 2018 World Championship bronze medalist, bested 2016 Junior World bronze medalist Irina Okhotnikova (RUS) in the table of 64, 15-10, but was edged out in the following round by 2014 World bronze medalist Erika Kirpu (EST), 15-14.

Victoria Mo (Irvine, Calif.) also secured a top-32 result, the first of her career.

Mo advanced to Day 2 after overcoming Nelli Differt (EST), 15-11 and earning a walkover when two-time Senior World team medalist Chengzi Xu (CHN) withdrew.

On Saturday, Mo pulled off an incredible upset when she defeated the reigning World bronze medalist and World No. 2 Man Wai Vivian Kong (HKG) by a score of 15-10.

However, in the table of 32, Mo lost to 2017 European Championship team bronze medalist Amalia Tataran (ROU), 15-8.

2019 World Team member Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.) and three-time Senior World Team member Anna Van Brummen (Houston, Texas) each claimed top-64 finishes.

Both advanced directly to Day 2 after going undefeated in pools, but Nixon lost to the eventual bronze medalist and two-time European Championship silver medalist Marie-Florence Candassamy (FRA), 15-12, while Van Brummen came up just short, 15-14, to Aleksandra Zamachowska (POL), who went on to win gold.

Nixon and Van Brummen currently rank third and fourth, respectively, in the Team Point Standings. Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C.) ranks fifth with Nixon, Van Brummen and Holmes separated by fewer than 210 points.

In the team event on Sunday, Kelley Hurley, Courtney Hurley, Kat Holmes and Isis Washington (Parsippany, N.J.) represented Team USA and took a seventh-place finish.

Team USA came away with a close 33-31 victory in the table of 16 before falling to Estonia in the quarter-finals, 45-30.

In the 5th-8th place table, the United States suffered a 45-42 loss to Poland, which included two medalists from the individual competition. But the team finished the day on a high note, defeating China, 41-36.

Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:

Havana Individual Women’s Épée World Cup
1. Aleksandra Zamachowska (POL)
2. Ana Maria Popescu (ROU)
3. Marie-Florence Candassamy (FRA)
3. Renata Knapik-Miazga (POL)
5. Yiwen Sun (CHN)
6. Kelley Hurley (San Antonio, Texas)
7. Erika Kirpu (EST)
8. Amalia Tataran (ROU)

19. Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas)
32. Victoria Mo (Irvine, Calif.)
40. Kasia Nixon (Los Angeles, Calif.)
42. Anna Van Brummen (Houston, Texas)
65. Natalie Vie (Phoenix, Ariz.)
69. Emily Vermeule (Cambridge, Mass.)
73. Isis Washington (Parsippany, N.J.)
76. Kat Holmes (Washington, D.C.)
119. Margherita Guzzi Vincenti (Oconomowoc, Wis.)
145. Cassandra Bates (Concord, Mass.)
147. Ariana Rausch (Houston, Texas)

 

Havana Team Women’s Épée World Cup
1. Italy
2. Estonia
3. France
4. Ukraine
5. Russia
6. Poland
7. USA
8. China

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