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Courtney Hurley and Eli Dershwitz to Win First Career Senior World Championship Medals Tonight

07/22/2018, 5:30am CDT
By Nicole Jomantas

Courtney Hurley will fence in the women's epee semfinals at the Senior World Championships. Photo Credit: #BizziTeam

Eli Dershwitz celebrates a win in Wuzi. Photo Credit: #BizziTeam

(Wuxi, China) – Team USA will win its first two medals of the 2018 Senior World Championships tonight as women’s epeeist Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) and men’s saber fencer Eli Dershwitz (Sherborn, Mass.) each advanced to the semifinals.

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A 2012 Olympic team bronze medalist, Courtney Hurley (San Antonio, Texas) will become the first U.S. woman in history to win a Senior World Championship medal in epee.

Hurley, who won silver at the final Grand Prix on the season in Cali, Colombia, became the second U.S. women’s epee fencer in history to compete in the quarter-finals where she defeated Coraline Vitalis (FRA), 15-10.

In the earlier rounds, Hurley defeated Dora Kiskapusi (ESP), 15-12, in the 64 and went on to take her next two bouts by last-second wins, earning a comeback victory against Aleksandra Zamachowska (POL), 15-14, after being down, 13-9, and defeating Tatyana Andryushina (POL), 9-8, in overtime.

Hurley will take on 2008 Olympic silver medalist Ana Maria Popescu (ROU) with the winner fencing either World No. 1 Mara Navarria (ITA) or Laura Staehli (SUI).

Dershwitz, who was ranked No. 3 in the world at the start of the tournament, will become the second U.S. men’s saber fencer in history to reach No. 1 in the world following the conclusion of tonight’s competition after a season that has included three international gold medals as well as a bronze at the Seoul Grand Prix.  

The 22-year-old Harvard senior won four direct elimination bouts to earn a position in the semifinals for the first time in his career.

Dershwitz, a Rio Olympian, defeated Dmytro Pundyk (UKR), 15-4, in the table of 64 and Yinghui Yan (CHN), 15-12, in the table of 32.

He held off a late comeback by Benedikt Wagner (GER) in the table of 16 for a 15-14 win and fought his way back from an 0-5 deficit against two-time Olympic Champion Aron Szilagyi (HUN) in the quarters to defeat Szilagyi, 15-11.

In the semifinals, Dershwitz will fence Junho Kim (KOR) in the semifinals with the winner taking on either 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Junghwan Kim (KOR) or 2017 Senior World bronze medalist Kamil Ibragimov (RUS).  

Opening Ceremony will begin at 7 p.m. Beijing Time (7 a.m. Eastern) with medal rounds to follows.

The final rounds will be shown live at


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