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Russia's women ease to foil gold

Victoria Nikichina
Russia's Nikichina fared better in the team event than individually

Russia's fencers used their height advantage to crush the United States 28-11 and take Olympic gold in the women's team foil on Saturday.

Eugenia Lamonova, Victoria Nikichina and Svetlana Boyko outclassed Americans Emily Cross, Hannah Thompson and Erinn Smart through most of the final.

"Russia is such a strong team, they have so much experience," said Smart. "They are tough to hit."

But it was still the first-ever women's foil Olympic medal for the US.

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The Americans did manage to draw the top-ranked Russian team into close combat in the early rounds, tying the match 4-4 after three bouts, but after that there was only one team going to win.

Italy, led by three-time individual Olympic champion Valentina Vezzali, defeated Hungary 32-23 to take bronze.

In team fencing, each team fields three fencers who rotate to duel each other over nine rounds.




Fencing medals table

Sunday, 24 August 2008 10:17 UK
Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze TOTAL
1 also show each event results forFrance 2 2 0 4
Men's Individual Epee 0 1 0
Men's Individual Sabre 0 1 0
Men's Team Epee 1 0 0
Men's Team Sabre 1 0 0
2 also show each event results forItaly 2 0 5 7
Men's Individual Epee 1 0 0
Men's Individual Foil 0 0 1
Men's Team Epee 0 0 1
Men's Team Sabre 0 0 1
Women's Individual Foil 1 0 1
Women's Team Foil 0 0 1
3 also show each event results forGermany 2 0 0 2
Men's Individual Foil 1 0 0
Women's Individual Epee 1 0 0
4 also show each event results forUSA 1 3 2 6
Men's Team Sabre 0 1 0
Women's Individual Sabre 1 1 1
Women's Team Foil 0 1 0
Women's Team Sabre 0 0 1
5 also show each event results forChina 1 1 0 2
Men's Individual Sabre 1 0 0
Women's Team Sabre 0 1 0
6 also show each event results forRussia 1 0 0 1
Women's Team Foil 1 0 0
7 also show each event results forUkraine 1 0 0 1
Women's Team Sabre 1 0 0
8 also show each event results forRomania 0 1 1 2
Men's Individual Sabre 0 0 1
Women's Individual Epee 0 1 0
9 also show each event results forJapan 0 1 0 1
Men's Individual Foil 0 1 0
10 also show each event results forPoland 0 1 0 1
Men's Team Epee 0 1 0
11 also show each event results forSouth Korea 0 1 0 1
Women's Individual Foil 0 1 0
12 also show each event results forHungary 0 0 1 1
Women's Individual Epee 0 0 1
13 also show each event results forSpain 0 0 1 1
Men's Individual Epee 0 0 1

see also
France cruise to team epee gold
15 Aug 08 |  Fencing
Ukraine clinch team sabre title
14 Aug 08 |  Fencing


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