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Nigerian Olympic Committee pulls its fencer

Updated: June 15, 2004, 3:07 AM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- After months of waiting, Mariel Zagunis heard the good news not at home, and not at a tournament, but on an airport bus.

After just missing the cut at the end of March, Zagunis, 19, earned a spot on the U.S. fencing team for the Athens Olympics when the Nigerian Olympic Committee declined to have its fencer participate in the competition.

"That was pretty much two months of just waiting around for any word," Zagunis said.

She won a World Cup saber event in Germany ...

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