By Karen Price | March 23, 2019, 10:18 a.m. (ET)

Courtney Hurley smiles after winning bronze at the world cup stop in Chengdu on March 23, 2019 in Chengdu, China.


Two-time Olympic fencer Courtney Hurley won the bronze medal in women’s epee fencing at the world championships in 2018, but before Saturday you had to scroll back a bit more in her resume to find her last individual world cup medal.

All the way back to her junior career, in fact.

The 28-year-old from San Antonio went 4-1 and claimed the bronze medal Saturday at the world cup stop in Chengdu, China, losing only to France’s Helene Ngom in the semifinals 15-11. Prior to that, her last world cup medals came when she won four junior competitions in a row between October 2009 and January 2010 and became the first U.S. woman to claim the Junior World Cup title.

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In between, she had a handful of top-10 finishes on the world cup circuit, but no podium spots until Saturday.

Seeded sixth in Chengdu and ranked eighth overall in the FIE standings, Hurley advanced out of the round of 32 by beating Hungary’s Anna Kun 15-12, then beat Estonia’s Nelli Differt 15-8 in the round of 16 and upset Mara Navarria of Italy in a close match in the quarterfinals 15-14. Navarria, the reigning world champion, is ranked fifth in the world.

Prior to Saturday Hurley’s best finish this season was 11th in a Grand Prix event Budapest this month. In 2012, Hurley was a member of the team that won the bronze medal in epee at the Olympic Games London 2012 and she made her second trip to the Games in 2016.

Ngom won the gold medal in Chengdu, beating Italy’s Rossella Fiamingo 15-12.

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