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Yana Egorian wins sabre gold for Russia; Velikaya takes silver

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Russia's Yana Egorian has won the women's individual sabre competition, coming from behind to take home the gold.

It wasn't an easy quest for Egorian who had to go through her own teammate and the number one fencer in the world, Sofya Velikaya.

The rookie and the veteran.

It was a hard fought battle with both fencers consistently trading points. Velikaya, at one point, had built a sizable lead and looked like she might be leaving with gold around her neck.

Undeterred, Egorian scored five consecutive points to put herself in a position to win. Down a point, she tied the match at 14 and registered the final touch to secure the top spot. In the aftermath, the joyous 22 year old collapsed to the piste as she came to terms with her victory.

Egorian had worked her way up the ranks in the past few years, cementing herself in the top ten in sabre. She had been dubbed Russia's most talented fencer not named Sofya Velikaya.

Her highlights, aside from her newest medal, include a third place finish at the World Championships in 2014.

Velikaya, for her part, is one of the most decorated sabre fencers and known for her attacks on the piste.

She has won gold at Worlds twice, most recently last year, and placed second in London, making this her second consecutive silver medal at the Olympics.

While it's safe to say Velikaya had her sights on the gold, seeing a teammate take home the top honors will help the sting just a bit.

Olga Kharlan of the Ukraine won her bronze medal bout against Manon Brunet of France. For Kharlan, this is her second consecutive bronze at the Olympics. She won gold in the team sabre event in Beijing.


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