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Zagunis breaks through, wins first U.S. gold of Beijing Games

Updated: August 9, 2008, 10:59 PM ET
Associated Press

BEIJING -- Mariel Zagunis stood proudly atop the podium, the first American to do so at these Olympics.

A former president was in the front row -- and three red, white and blue flags were rising to the rafters.

"It was a dream come true," Zagunis said.

Zagunis won the first U.S. gold medal of the Beijing Games, leading an American sweep Saturday in women's saber fencing. Zagunis took the gold with a 15-8 victory over Sada Jacobson, who won the silver. Becca Ward took the bronze.

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