United States women win sabre gold at World Fencing Championships

Monday July 21st, 2014

The United States women's team won a gold medal in sabre at the World Fencing Championships on Monday in Kazan, Russia.

Eliza Stone fenced in the seventh of nine legs in the final match against France and extended the United States' lead by three points.

In the final leg, two-time Olympic champion Mariel Zagunis closed out a 45-39 victory.

The victory for the U.S. women was their first world team title since 2005.

Zagunis won an individual sliver medal after losing to top-ranked Olga Kharlan in the sabre final. It was the 11th careers Worlds medal for Zagunis.

Russia leads the competition with six total medals. Italy and Russia share the lead with two gold medals each. The United States is tied with Germany for fourth with two medals.

- Sarah Barshop

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