Winning Olympic medals seems to be a Pozdniakova family tradition.
Russian fencer Sofia Pozdniakova claimed her first Olympic title with a 15-11 win over teammate Sofya Velikaya in the women’s individual sabre event, following the footsteps of her father who was a four-time Olympic champion and the current president of the Russian Olympic committee. Her sister, Anastasia Pozdnyakova, was a two-time Olympic diver and won the silver medal in the women’s synchronized springboard in Beijing.
The 24-year-old was aggressive in her final match and won with a switch up. Instead of immediately attacking off the line, Pozdniakova made Velikaya fall short and retook the attack.
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France’s Manon Brunet defeated Hungarian Anna Marton 15-6 to claim the bronze.
Americans Anne-Elizabeth Stone and Dagmara Wozniak lost in their first bouts of competition. Mariel Zagunis a five-time Olympian and two-time gold medalist in this event, advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to Velikaya, whose silver medal is her third straight in the event.