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U.S. Women’s Saber Team Wins Bronze at the Bologna World Cup

03/05/2013, 2:30pm CST
By Nicole Jomantas

Team USA with Coach Ed Korfanty after the medal ceremony in Bologna. (L-R): Adrienne Jarocki, Ibtihaj Muhammad, Dagmara Izabela Wozniak and Mariel Zagunis. Photo credit: Cathy Zagunis

(Colorado Springs, Colo.) – Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton, Ore.) celebrated her 28th birthday on Sunday by anchoring the U.S. Women’s Saber Team to a bronze medal win at the Bologna World Cup in Italy.

The win is the fourth straight podium finish for Zagunis who won gold in the individual event on Saturday as well as the Gent World Cup in Belgium last week. The U.S. squad also finished third in the team event in Gent.

After fencing each other in the gold medal final on Saturday, Zagunis and teammate Ibtihaj Muhammad (Maplewood, N.J.) were on the same side of the strip again with teammates Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.), a 2012 Olympian, and Adrienne Jarocki (Middle Village, N.Y.) who recently qualified for her first Junior World Championship Team.

Seeded second in the tournament, the Americans earned a bye into the table of 16 where they defeated Spain, 45-29.

Team USA won its quarter-final bout over Germany, 45-30, but lost in the semifinals to Ukraine – the 2012 World Team silver medalists – by a score of 45-43.

Team USA defeated France in the final bout, 45-41, to win bronze.

Top eight results are as follows:

Bologna Team Saber World Cup
1. Ukraine
2. Italy
3. USA
4. France
5. Russia
6. Germany
7. Poland
8. Great Britain

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