Romania shocks top-ranked China to win women's epee gold

It's the first medal of the Rio Games for the Romanians, who outscored China 44-38.

The Romanian women on the podium.   -  Reuters

Romania beat top-ranked China to win the gold medal in women's epee fencing on Thursday.

It's the first medal of the Rio Games for the Romanians, who outscored China 44-38.

Ana Maria Popescu helped Romania widen its early gap, scoring four unmatched touches. Yujie Sun got China back within 30-25 ahead of its final bout, but four early scores from Popescu clinched it for the Romanians.

Russia beat Estonia 37-31 to claim bronze and an Olympic-leading fifth fencing medal.

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