Vancouver World Cup medalists (L-R): Enrico Garozzo (ITA), Koki Kano (JPN), Alexandre Bardenet (FRA) and Jake Hoyle (USA). Photo Credit: Manky / #BizziTeam
Vancouver World Cup bronze medalist Jake Hoyle and Coach Kornel Udvarhelyi. Photo Credit: Manky / #BizziTeam
(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Jake Hoyle (New York, N.Y.) has found his stride in 2019.
After making the top-eight for the first time in his career at the first World Cup of the year in Heidenheim in November, Hoyle has now won medals at consecutive international events, following up a bronze medal at the Doha Grand Prix with bronze at the Vancouver World Cup this past Saturday.
With the podium finish, Hoyle became the first U.S. men’s épée fencer to win two medals on the circuit in one season since Seth Kelsey (Portland, Ore.) in 2010.
Entering as the No. 15 seed, the 2018 Senior World Team member defeated Seunghyun Lee (KOR), 15-11, in the table of 64 and Grigori Beskin (ISR), 15-8, in the 32.
With a 15-11 victory over Max Heinzer (SUI), the gold medalist at last year’s Budapest Grand Prix, Hoyle advanced to the quarter-finals, where he faced Romain Cannone (FRA).
Down 12-10, Hoyle scored three straight points to take the lead, 13-12. A double light brought Hoyle within one score of victory and he took the decisive touch to edge out Cannone, 15-13, and guarantee his second straight medal on the circuit.
In the semifinals, Hoyle fenced 2014 World Championship medalist Enrico Garozzo (ITA).
After defeating Garozzo, 11-10, in the table of 64 in Qatar, their semi would once again come down to the final point with Garozzo outtouching Hoyle, 15-14.
Hoyle built a 7-4 lead at the first break, but Garozzo closed the gap to a point at 9-8 going into the third period. With just over a minute to go, Hoyle took a two-point lead at 14-12, before Garozzo responded with two touches to even the score at 14.
Deadlocked at the end of regulation, the bout went to overtime, where Garozzo scored 20 seconds into the period.
With his bronze – the first U.S. men’s épée medal at a World Cup since 2010 – Hoyle has cracked the top 10 in the FIE rankings, now ranked No. 9 in the world. He also sits atop the USA Fencing Senior Men’s Épée Team Point Standings, followed by Curtis McDowald (Jamaica, N.Y.), James Kaull (New York, N.Y.) and Alex Tsinis (Little Neck, N.Y.)
McDowald claimed a top-16 result in Vancouver. He overcame Wai Hang Ho (HKG), 15-12, in the 64 before besting Inochi Ito (JPN), 15-11.
However, in the table of 16, McDowald lost to Ito’s teammate, Koki Kano (JPN), by a score of 15-12. Kano went on to win gold.
Alen Hadzic (West Orange, N.J.) earned a top-64 finish on the circuit for the first time since 2014. With a 15-9 victory over Alexandre Pittet (SUI) and a 15-12 win against Sergey Bida (RUS), Hadzic advanced to Day 2.
In the table of 64 on Saturday, Hadzic lost to the silver medalist from Doha, Yulen Pereira (ESP), by a point at 15-14.
Hoyle, McDowald, Kaull and Rodney represented Team USA in the team event on Sunday, earning a fifth-place finish.
In its first match of the day, the United States fenced Great Britain. Up 13-11 after four bouts, Team USA broke the match open, winning each of the next three bouts by four points to take a 30-16 lead. Hoyle, who was +12 on the match, won the eighth, 10-3, and Team USA went on to win, 45-24.
In the quarter-finals, Team USA lost to Russia in a close match, 43-40. The United States fell behind early, but came back to tie the score at 20 entering the seventh. Russia responded, though, taking the bout, 4-1, and that would enough to send Team USA to the 5th-8th place table.
Facing the Czech Republic, the United States dropped the first bout but then won or tied seven straight for a commanding 40-24 lead. The Czech Republic won the final bout, but Team USA’s cushion was too much to overcome.
In the match for fifth place, the United States earned a decisive 45-34 victory over Ukraine, only dropping one bout during the match.
Top eight and U.S. results are as follows:
Vancouver Men’s Individual Épée World Cup
1. Koki Kano (JPN)
2. Enrico Garozzo (ITA)
3. Jake Hoyle (New York, N.Y.)
3. Alexandre Bardenet (FRA)
5. Ruben Limardo Gascon (VEN)
6. Dmitriy Alexanin (KAZ)
7. Romain Cannone (FRA)
8. Federico Vismara (ITA)
12. Curtis McDowald (Jamaica, N.Y.)
59. Alen Hadzic (West Orange, N.J.)
72. Ben Bratton (New York, N.Y.)
84. Jonathan Piskovatskov (Houston, Texas)
93. James Kaull (New York, N.Y.)
113. Adam Rodney (New York, N.Y.)
152. Stephen Ewart (Lancaster, Calif.)
159. Alex Tsinis (Little Neck, N.Y.)
167. Ari Simmons (Bellaire, Texas)
178. Gabe Canaux (Montclair, N.J.)
Vancouver Men’s Team Épée World Cup
8. Czech Republic
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