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Sabre, Team, Women

Date13 August 2016
LocationArena Carioca 3, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants30 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

It was no surprise that top-seeded nations Russia and Ukraine met in the final of the women’s sabre team competition in a repeat of the 2015 World Championship final. The Russian team consisting of individual gold and silver medalists Yana Yegoryan and Sofiya Velikaya, quarter-finalist Yekaterina Dyachenko and substitute Yuliya Gavrilova had a tough time in the semi-final before beating the United States 45–42. The most conspicuous athlete in this match was American Ibtihaj Muhammad, who’s 10–4 against Dyachenko in the seventh period put them in the lead for the only time in the contest. But after two more periods, Russia secured victory and advanced to the final. Muhammad also made headlines because she was the first American Olympian in any sport wearing the Muslim women’s traditional veil, a hijab, in competition.

In the second semi-final, Ukraine outscored Italy by the same score, 45–42, with the lead changing hands several times. In the final, however, Ukraine who had won the only previous women’s team sabre gold medal when it was held at Beijing in 2008, was no match in a 30–45 defeat loss to Russia. The Russian team lost only one of nine bouts in the final. They caused a stir when they dedicated their victory to the Russian athletes banned from competing in Rio following doping allegations.

The US women won the bronze medal with an equally convincing 45–30 scoreline against Italy, and with it won the first women’s fencing medal for the United States in Rio. They built up a continuously growing lead, and like the Russians lost only one bout. Veteran and two times individual Olympic Champion Mariel Zagunis secured the medal-winning hit.

1Russian FederationRUSGold
Yana YegoryanSofya VelikayaYuliya GavrilovaYekaterina Dyachenko
Olha KharlanAlina KomashchukOlena KravatskaOlena Voronina
3United StatesUSABronze
Ibtihaj MuhammadDagmara WozniakMariel ZagunisMonica Aksamit
Rossella GregorioLoreta GulottaIrene VecchiIlaria Bianco
5Republic of KoreaKOR
Kim Ji-YeonSeo Ji-YeonYun Ji-SuHwang Seon-A (DNS)
Bogna JóźwiakAleksandra SochaMarta PudaMałgorzata Kozaczuk
Tania ArrayalesÚrsula GonzálezJulieta Toledo
Cécilia BerderManon BrunetSaoussen BoudiafCharlotte Lembach


Date13 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
Match #113 Aug 9:00Blue PisteRussian FederationRUS45 – 31MexicoMEX
Match #213 Aug 9:00Red PisteUnited StatesUSA45 – 43PolandPOL
Match #313 Aug 9:00Green PisteItalyITA45 – 36FranceFRA
Match #413 Aug 9:00Yellow PisteUkraineUKR45 – 40Republic of KoreaKOR


Date13 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
Match #113 Aug 11:30Blue PisteRussian FederationRUS45 – 42United StatesUSA
Match #213 Aug 11:30Green PisteUkraineUKR45 – 42ItalyITA

Classification Round 5-8

Date13 August 2016
Match #113 Aug 10:15Red PistePolandPOL45 – 23MexicoMEX
Match #213 Aug 10:15Yellow PisteRepublic of KoreaKOR45 – 40FranceFRA

Final Round

Date13 August 2016
Match 1/213 Aug 18:15Finals PisteRussian FederationRUS45 – 30UkraineUKR
Match 3/413 Aug 17:00Finals PisteUnited StatesUSA45 – 30ItalyITA
Match 5/613 Aug 12:45Red PisteRepublic of KoreaKOR45 – 41PolandPOL
Match 7/813 Aug 12:45Yellow PisteMexicoMEX45 – 38FranceFRA