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Women's Sabre, Individual

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Convention Center, Beijing
Date Started: August 9, 2008
Date Finished: August 9, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: USA Mariel Zagunis
Silver: USA Sada Jacobson
Bronze: USA Becca Ward


At the 2004 Olympics [Mariel Zagunis] had recorded a shock victory in this event for the USA. Since then the American team had made further progress by winning the world team title in 2005 and winning gold, silver and bronze in the individual event at the 2006 World Championships. Despite a lean 2007, hopes were still high that America could make a mark at the Beijing Olympics but what happened next was surely beyond their wildest dreams. When reigning world champion [Yelena Netchayeva] exited early the American trio took advantage and went through to the semi-final along with Russia’s [Sofiya Velikaya] whose victory over China’s [Tan Xue] had removed another major threat to US glory. The first semi-final saw Velikaya fall to [Sada Jacobson] to ensure an all-American final where Jacobson would be joined by defending champion Zagunis. Zagunis went on to defend her crown in straightforward fashion and was never headed in her 15-8 win over Jacobson. The bronze medal bout was more competitive and was only decided in favour of American [Becca Ward] when officials made a video review of a hit with the scores level at 14 all. After deliberations Ward was deemed to have struck the winning score fractionally before Velikaya landed her blow.

This was the first time since 1988 that a country had swept the medals in Olympic fencing and the first time for the USA since the long abandoned discipline of single sticks was held in 1904.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Mariel Zagunis 23 United States USA Gold
2 Sada Jacobson 25 United States USA Silver
3 Becca Ward 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Sofiya Velikaya 23 Russia RUS
5 Tan Xue 24 China CHN
6 Bao Yingying 24 China CHN
7 Azza Besbes 17 Tunisia TUN
8 Olena Khomrova 21 Ukraine UKR
9 Yekaterina Dyachenko 20 Russia RUS
10 Bogna Jóźwiak 25 Poland POL
11 Ilaria Bianco 28 Italy ITA
12 Kim Geum-Hwa 26 South Korea KOR
13 Olha Kharlan 17 Ukraine UKR
14 Orsolya Nagy 30 Hungary HUN
15 Olga Ovtchinnikova 21 Canada CAN
16 Irena Więckowska 26 Poland POL
17 Yelena Nechayeva 29 Russia RUS
18 Aleksandra Socha 26 Poland POL
19 Léonore Perrus 24 France FRA
20 Lee Sin-Mi 25 South Korea KOR
21 Anne-Lise Touya 27 France FRA
22 Gioia Marzocca 29 Italy ITA
23 Chow Tsz Ki 25 Hong Kong HKG
24 Carole Vergne 22 France FRA
25 Huang Haiyang 22 China CHN
26 Alejandra Benítez 28 Venezuela VEN
27 Madoka Hisagae 29 Japan JPN
28 Sandra Sassine 28 Canada CAN
29 Halyna Pundyk 20 Ukraine UKR
30 Alexandra Bujdoso 18 Germany GER
31 Mailyn González 27 Cuba CUB
32 Araceli Navarro 18 Spain ESP
33 Angélica Larios 27 Mexico MEX
34 Nafi Toure 36 Senegal SEN
35 Julie Cloutier 22 Canada CAN
36 Siobhan Byrne 23 Ireland IRL
37 Adele du Plooy 27 South Africa RSA
38 Elvira Wood 34 South Africa RSA
39 Jyoti Chetty 26 South Africa RSA