By Karen Price | July 24, 2018, 12:50 p.m. (ET)

(L) Eliza Stone competes in the women's saber at the FIE World Championships on July 24, 2018 in Wuxi, China.

 

Fencer Eliza Stone, ranked 26th in the world, won her first individual world championship medal – a bronze – in women’s saber Tuesday in Wuxi, China.

Stone, 27, was the only American to advance to the top eight. The 2020 Olympic hopeful defeated Theodora Gkountourna, 15-14, to make it to the semifinals, where she lost to eventual gold medalist Sofia Pozdniakova, 15-6.

Her bronze was the first medal by a U.S. women’s saber fencer since 2014, when Mariel Zagunis earned silver.

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This was Stone’s fifth time competing on the senior world championships team. She was a member of the third U.S. women’s saber team in history to win gold at the 2014 worlds and also won team bronze in 2013 and 2015. Stone and the women’s saber team compete in that competition on Wednesday.

The Oklahoma City native is the oldest of three fencing siblings, all of whom competed for Princeton. Eliza won team and individual titles there in 2013. Stone also recently won a silver medal at the Pan American Zonal Fencing Championships in Havana, Cuba.

Dagmara Wozniak was the next-highest finishing American, finishing 18th after losing in the round of 32 to eventual champ Pozdniakova.

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.