Russia bags men's team foil gold

Russia rallied from five points down to beat France 45-41.

The Russian men's foil team celebrates after the victory.   -  Reuters

Russia won the men’s team foil event on Friday for its sixth fencing medal of the Rio Games.

Russia rallied from five points down to beat France 45-41, capturing its third gold medal in fencing so far. Hungary and the United States are second in the sport’s medal count with three.

The Russians were trailing 35-30 when Artur Akhmatkhuzin scored 10 quick points to help clinch the bout.

Earlier, the U.S. fencing team won the bronze, its first medal in the event in 84 years.

The U.S., led by top-ranked Alexander Massialas and Gerek Meinhardt, throttled Italy 45-31 for its third medal in fencing so far at the Rio Games.

Massialas and Daryl Homer won silver medals in their respective individual events.

Massialas and Meinhardt dominated the Italians with a three-match stretch in which they outscored their opponents 20-1. The win was especially sweet for Massialas, whose poor performance in the semifinals kept his team from fighting for a gold medal.