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.

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.

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