|Anna van Brummen celebrates winning women's team epee gold at the Toronto 2015 Pan American Games on July 24, 2015 in Toronto.|
Anna van Brummen served notice she could be a contender in women’s epee at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Saturday by taking the gold medal at the world cup in Suzhou, China.
Ranked No. 187 in the world, the 22-year-old Houston native upset two top-10 fencers on the way to her first individual world cup medal at the senior level. The bronze medalist at the 2015 NCAA championships competing for Princeton University, van Brummen previously had won a junior world cup gold in 2014 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Her previous best senior world cup result was 28th in 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
Van Brummen opened the match with victories over Dorina Budai of Hungary and Japan’s Rie Ohashi, both by 15-11 scores. Then came a critical test in the round of 16 against world No. 3 Sarra Besbes of Tunisia, the 2015 world championship bronze medalist. Van Brummen took the win, 15-14, then defeated world No. 10 Shin A-Lam of Korea by the same margin in the quarterfinals. Van Brummen’s semifinal opponent was Sera Song of Korea, who had won their two prior meetings. This time Van Brummen came out on top, 15-10, to secure her first world cup gold-medal bout, where she beat Dzhoan Feybi Bezhura of Ukraine 15-13 for the title.
Katharine Holmes, a 2016 Olympian ranked No. 25 in the world, placed 20th in China, while Natalie Vie and Francesca Bassa were 49th and 56th, respectively.