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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Russia Takes Team Gold In Fencing

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SYDNEY, Australia — Russia’s fencers took Olympic gold in the women’s team epee event on a day of upsets at the Sydney Games fencing tournament Tuesday.

The Russians defeated Switzerland 45-35 in the final after removing top seed Hungary in the semifinal.

China dumped defending champion France out of the tournament in the first round and went on to defeat the Hungarians 41-39 for the bronze with a thrilling fightback.

Russia’s Tatyana Logounova, Oksana Ermakova and Maria Mazina were never behind in the entire final, although they had to weather some strong attacks on their lead, most notably from 15-year-old Sophie Lamon, the youngest fencer at the Olympics.

The Swiss trio of Lamon, Gianna Habluetzel-Buerki and Diana Romagnoli, however, failed to perform to their full potential after comfortably defeating the Chinese in their semifinal.

For the Russians, who also used Karina Aznavourian en route to the final, the gold was compensation for their failure to land any medals in the individual epee event.

"I had big problems in the individual event, and I wanted us to win a medal today," said Logounova, who lost to Habluetzel-Buerki in the individual semifinal Sunday. "Today, fate turned its face toward me."

Mazina secured the success for Russia by fighting off Lamon in the eighth of the nine bouts that make up a match.