Jake Hoyle reacts after earning bronze at the fencing grand prix on Jan. 27, 2019 in Qatar.
Fencer Jake Hoyle earned his first Grand Prix medal ever Sunday, finishing with the bronze in the men’s individual epee competition in Qatar.
Ranked No. 26 in the world, the 24-year-old from New York moved steadily through the rounds, defeating Italy’s Enrico Garozzo in the round of 64, 11-10, and then Germany’s Niklas Multerer in the round of 32, 14-13. Then for the third straight bout he won by just one touch, beating Denmark’s Patrick Jorgensen, 13-12, in the round of 16 to earn a spot in the quarterfinals.
That matchup had him going against Ukraine’s Roman Svichkar for his chance to reach the medal rounds, and Hoyle answered the challenge with a 15-10 victory.
His competition ended in the semifinals, losing by a score of 15-10 to reigning world champion Yannick Borel of France, to finish with the bronze.
Hoyle graduated from Columbia in 2016. He is a two-time individual NCAA epee champion, winning in both 2015 and 2016, was a member of the 2018 U.S. world championship team and won an individual bronze and team gold in the Pan American Fencing Championships in 2018.
Kat Holmes had the best finish for the women, making it to the round of 16 and finishing 12th overall.