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HK snares its 1st gold in fencing

Chinese Hong Kong’s Cheung Ka Long beat defending champion Italian Daniele Garozzo to take the Olympic men’s individual fencing title yesterday, bringing home the first medal in the event for the special administrative region.

The two attacked with ferocity throughout, getting their foils frequently tangled. But Cheung maintained his calm to win 15-11.

Garozzo crouched and hung his head, while Cheung broke into a smile and walked towards his coach, prompting the referee to call him back to the piste.

Cheung and Garozzo tapped their foils — the fencing equivalent of a handshake — before Cheung was swept away to savor his victory.

In the women’s individual saber, Sofia Pozdniakova of the Russian Olympic Committee won gold.

Ranked 17th, she fought against fellow Russian Sofya Velikaya, who has won individual silvers in the previous two Games and a team gold, but is yet to win an individual gold.

Pozdniakova, also the daughter of ROC President and former fencing gold medalist Stanislav Pozdnyakov, won with a quick and successful jab.


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