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Unfancied S. Korea win men's sabre gold

08-04-2012 05:39 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- South Korea shocked everybody as they won their first ever Olympic team gold in men's sabre at the Olympic Games on Friday.

The Korean fencers, who finished no better than ninth in the last three world championships, beat Romania 45-26 after knocking out Germany and Italy on their way to the final.

Gu Bongil, world No. 3 and the anchor fencer of the Korean outfit, said their failure at the individual event inspired them to perform well in the team one.

"Some people may think that but we had faith in ourselves. We had been focusing on the individuals but didn't win, so we focused on the team (event)," he said.

Mihai Covaliu, coach of the Romanian team, said he was happy with his fencers' overall performance at the Olympics.

"That (final) was the most difficult match but we did our best. So we won gold and bronze in the individual matches and silver here," he said.

Italy beat Russia 45-40 to win the bronze.


Editor:Bai Yang |Source: Xinhua

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