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Russia wins gold in women's team epee

Updated: August 20, 2004, 2:46 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- Russia used a patient, defensive strategy to defeat Germany 34-28 and win the gold medal in women's team epee fencing Friday.

The Russian squad of Karina Aznavourian, Oxana Ermakova and Tatiana Logounova built their lead slowly by not allowing the Germans to score their second touch until more than 12 minutes into the 27-minute match.

Once up by seven points, the Russians never allowed the Germans to get any closer than two the rest of the way.

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