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Japan wins first Olympic fencing gold at Tokyo 2020

Xinhua
31 Jul 2021, 02:44 GMT+10

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Japan won its first ever Olympic fencing gold in the men's epee team final.

TOKYO, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Japan claimed its first ever Olympic fencing gold after beating the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) in the men's epee team final at the Tokyo Olympics on Friday.

Japan built a 25-20 lead after five bouts. Kano Koki beat Sergey Bida 8-3 in the last bout to give Japan a historic 45-36 victory.

Japan, who qualifies from the preliminary match, advanced to the semifinals by stunning the top-ranked France 45-44.

France missed the opportunity to win the gold medal four times in a row at the Olympic Games.

South Korea edged China 45-42 in the bronze medal bout.

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