Russia wins women's team sabre gold

Russia won its fourth fencing gold medal of the Rio Games, trouncing Ukraine 45-30 in the women’s team sabre event.

Gold medallists Yuliya Gavrilova and Sofya Velikaya of Russia celebrate on the podium after the women's sabre team gold medal match.   -  Getty Images

Russia has won its fourth fencing gold medal of the Rio Games, trouncing Ukraine 45-30 in the women’s team sabre event. It was the seventh overall medal in fencing for the Russians, by far the most of any nation.

The top-ranked Russians on Saturday won their first four bouts and seven of nine and top-ranked fencer Sofya Velikaya went undefeated to lead the way. The U.S. took bronze, its fourth medal in the sport in Rio.

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