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Gold is first for U.S. fencer since 1904

Updated: August 17, 2004, 4:08 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- For the first time in a century, the United States won a gold medal in Olympic fencing, and it added a bronze for good measure.

Oregon resident Mariel Zagunis beat Tan Xue of China 15-9 in the saber final, and American Sada Jacobson was third, beating Catalina Gheorghitoaia of Romania 15-7.

"I don't even know what to say right now," Zagunis said. "I'm so happy."

The United States had never won a medal in women's fencing. The last American medal in the sport ...

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