Tokyo Olympics Fencing: Japan beats ROC, wins gold in men’s epee team

The host nation beat the Russian Olympic Committee 45-36 to become the first Asian country to win gold in men's epee team fencing.

Gold medallists Koki Kano, Kazuyasu Minobe, Masaru Yamada and Satoru Uyama of Team Japan celebrate the men's epee team final victory at Tokyo Olympics.   -  REUTERS

Japan became the first Asian nation to win Olympic gold in men’s epee team fencing by beating the Russian team 45-36.

Japan was the second lowest-ranked team in the tournament. Koki Kano beat second-ranked epee fencer Sergey Bida 8-3 in the last bout to seal the victory.

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No team from outside Europe had made the podium since Cuba at the 2000 Sydney Games.

South Korea beat China 45-42 for the bronze medal.

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