Korean Sabre Fencers Defend Olympic Gold in Men's Team Event

  • By Chang Min-seok, Kim Sang-yun

    July 29, 2021 10:38

    Korea's sabre fencers won a gold medal in the men's team event at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday.

    The Korean team, consisting of Kim Jung-hwan, Gu Bon-gil, Oh Sang-uk and substitute Kim Jun-ho, beat Italy with an overwhelming score of 45-26 in the final in Chiba.

    It was Korea's first gold in a discipline other than archery in Tokyo.

    Unlike the closely fought quarterfinal against Egypt and the semifinal against Germany, the final was more of a one-way affair. Korea quickly went ahead of Italy and maintained its lead until the end.

    Korean sabre fencers pose after winning a gold medal in the men's team event at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo on Wednesday. From left, Gu Bon-gil, Kim Jung-hwan, Kim Jun-ho and Oh Sang-uk /Yonhap

    Due to the rotation system used in fencing, under which only four out of six team events are held at each Olympics, there was no men's sabre team event in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

    With Wednesday's win, Korea was able to retain its Olympic title in the event, some nine years after it won gold at the 2012 London Olympics.

    Kim Jung-hwan and Gu were part of the 2012 gold medal-winning squad.

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