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Russia wins gold in women's team epee

8/20/2004

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.

Germany needed overtime to beat France in the semifinals.
Entering the last rotation of regulation Germany led 18-17. Laura
Flessel-Colovic, who won the silver in the individual epee
competition last Sunday, outscored Imke Duplitzer, 15-14 in the
three-minute period to force overtime, but the Germans rallied for
the win.

Canada, ranked 10th in the world, upset No. 2 Hungary 38-37 in
overtime in the quarterfinals. The Canadians lost to Russia 25-18
in the semifinals and the fell to France 45-37 in the bronze medal
bout.