By Karen Price | March 23, 2019, 4:05 p.m. (ET)

Curtis McDowland celebrates after winning the bronze at the epee world cup stop in Buenos Aires on March 23, 2019 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Fencer Curtis McDowald had a stellar day that resulted in his first individual epee world cup medal in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

The 23-year-old from Jamaica, New York, sliced through the competition to land in the semifinals, where he would finally be stopped by Italy’s Gabriele Cimini 15-6. Cimini would go on to take silver after losing in the final to Russia’s Sergey Bida 15-11, and McDowald secured the bronze for an important first in the way of hardware.

Ten months ago, McDowald finished sixth in the final world cup event of the year. It was his best result on the senior circuit. He followed that up with a bronze medal in the Pan Am Games and an eighth-place finish at his first senior world championships.

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McDowald came into the weekend ranked 10th in the world, the second-highest rank held by an American behind teammate Jacob Hoyle at No. 7. 

On Saturday, he defeated teammate Cooper Schumacher 15-14 in the round of 64 and would go on to notch victories over Austria’s Josef Mahringer 15-7 and Italy’s Andrea Santarelli 15-14 before meeting up with Germany’s Richard Schmidt in the quarterfinals, coming away with a 15-9 win.

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.