First Gold for US: Women's Fencing

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 9, 2008 8:45 AM CDT
USA's gold medal winner Mariel Zagunis is flanked by silver medal winner Sada Jacobson, left, and bronze medal winner Becca Ward, right, on the podium.   (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)
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(Newser) – Mariel Zagunis won the first US gold medal of the Beijing Olympics, leading an American sweep today in women's saber fencing. Zagunis, the 2004 saber champion, took the gold with a victory over Sada Jacobson, who took the silver. Becca Ward won the bronze.

When Zagunis won 4 years ago, she was the first American in a century to win a fencing gold. Now, it's becoming commonplace in this event. The US will also be favored to win the team competition in women's saber.