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Romania upset China for epee gold

Romania collected their first gold medal of the Rio Olympics by beating defending champion China in the final of women’s epee team here.

The Romanian quartet of Loredana Dinu, Simona Gherman, Simona Pop, Ana Maria Popescu triumphed over China by a score of 44-38 on Thursday, making a revenge for the loss at the World Championships in Moscow last year, reports Xinhua.

China had the opportunity to become the second country to win back-to-back gold medals in the women’s epee team, after Russia did it at the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

Popescu built up a 14-9 lead for Romania when she faced up Hao Jialu, who replaced injured Sun Yiwen. After Gherman and Dinu extended the lead to 24-16, Romania never looked back.

Russia pocketed their fifth fencing medal with with a 37-31 victory over Estonia in the bronze medal match.

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