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U.S. women are favorites to win sabre gold

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The women take the piste for the last time in Rio as they look to crown the team sabre champion.

In the event's Olympic debut in Beijing, the United States took the bronze medal. That team was helmed by Mariel Zagunis, Sada Jacobson and Rebecca Ward.

Zagunis will be the sole returnee from that team. She will be joined by Ibtihaj Muhammad, who made history as the first American to wear a hijab in competition, Dagmara Wozniak and Monica Aksamit, who will serve as substitute.

The United States are a favorite to win to win gold with their depth and experience; the trio of Zagunis, Muhammad and Wozniak won gold at the World Championships in 2014 and placed third in 2013 and 2015.

The Ukraine is the defending Olympic champion and figures to challenge for a medal once again. Olga Kharlan was on that team in Beijing and is currently ranked second in the world.

Russia, the reigning world champion, will be powered by the likes of number one fencer Sofya Velikaya and Yana Egorian, who won gold in the individual sabre, and is another favorite to contend for a medal.

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