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Russia takes gold, silver in women’s individual sabre

Fencing - Olympics: Day 3

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 08: (L-R) Silver medalist Sofya Velikaya of Russia, gold medalist Yana Egorian of Russia and bronze medalist Olga Kharlan of Ukraine pose on the podium during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Individual Sabre on Day 3 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Carioca Arena 3 on August 8, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

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The women’s individual saber competition came to an end Monday, with Russia grabbing both the gold and silver medals.

Yana Egorian beat countrywoman Sophia Velikaya in the gold medal match, the first-ever all-Russian final in women’s fencing history, and she also won Russia’s first gold medal in this particular event. Egorian won the final by the score of 15-14, erasing a three-point deficit to win the match. Velikaya led 8-5 at the end of the first period, with Egorian scoring three consecutive points to start the second period.

Winning the bronze medal was Ukraine’s Olga Kharlan, with no American competitor getting past the Round of 16.

Two-time Olympic gold medalist Mariel Zagunis and Ibtihaj Muhammad both lost in the Round of 16, with Dagmara Wozniak being eliminated in the Round of 32.