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(Olympics) S. Korea grabs gold in men's team sabre

All Headlines 04:14 August 04, 2012

LONDON, Aug. 3 (Yonhap) -- South Korea captured the gold medal in men's sabre team event here Friday.

The team of Gu Bon-gil, Kim Jung-hwan and Won Woo-young, plus substitute Oh Eun-seok, beat Romania 45-26.

In the team fencing, each of the three fencers enters the competition three times, and the team to first reach 45 points is the winner.

For sabre competition, the valid target covers all parts of the body from the waist up, excluding the hands.

This was South Korea's first Olympic team fencing medal for men. This gold is also the country's 100th gold medal in Summer and Winter Olympic Games combined.

South Korea built a 15-10 lead over the first three individual bouts and was hardly tested. Romania's Tiberiu Dolniceanu brought his country to within 16-15 in the fourth bout, but that was as close as the Romanians would get.

Kim closed out the fourth bout with South Korea up 20-16. And displaying clinical precision and machine-like efficiency, the South Koreans charged ahead to 35-23 as the substitute Oh took the piste.

Oh picked up three quick points for a 38-23 lead, and closed the penultimate bout 40-24 before Won ended the rout for the title.

This sabre title is South Korea's fifth fencing medal in London.

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