By Paul D. Bowker | May 18, 2019, 11:21 a.m. (ET)

Courtney Hurley smiles for a photo after winning silver at the Dubai Women's Epee World Cup on May 18, 2019 in Dubai.

 

Courtney Hurley, a two-time Olympian and bronze medalist in women’s epee, is putting together a fine world cup season as the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 draw nearer.

A bronze medalist at the 2018 world championships, the first American woman to do so in epee, Hurley won her first-ever silver medal in world cup competition on Saturday in Dubai. She had won her first world cup medal with a third-place finish in a world cup tournament in March.

Hurley lost to Korea’s Injeong Choi, who is ranked eighth in the world, in the championship match. Hurley, ranked 12th, knocked off three other top 10 fencers on the way to the gold-medal match. She topped No. 6 Young Mi Kang in the round of 16, No. 4 Yiwen Sun of China in the quarterfinals and No. 7 Violetta Kolobova of Russia in the semifinals.

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Hurley will team up with her sister, Kelley, a three-time Olympian, and 2016 Olympian Katharine Holmes and Catherine Nixon on Sunday in the team competition. The U.S. is ranked No. 1 in the world after winning last year’s world championship for the first time.

After that, next up for Courtney Hurley and her teammates is the world championships in July.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.