TOKYO, July 31 (Xinhua) -- The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) defeated France 45-41 in the women's sabre team final, winning its third fencing gold medal of the Tokyo Olympic Games on Saturday.
Manon Brunet beat Sofia Pozdniakova, champion in the individual event, 5-2 to give France a 20-14 lead.
Olga Nikitina pulled the ROC ahead 25-23 with an 11-3 victory in the fifth bout, where the ROC never looked back.
"I tried not to think about the score, and the girls helped me do my best," said Nikitina.
Sofya Velikaya, who won this event at Rio 2016, became the first woman to win the sabre team event twice in the Olympic Games.
"I don't know whether I will compete at another Olympic Games. Maybe I can be like a mascot. I cannot just go fencing. I need shopping, or to see my friends maybe," said the 36-year-old.
South Korea won its first Olympic medal in the women's sabre team event by edging Italy 45-42 in the bronze medal bout.
After losing to second-seeded Italy in the semifinals, China placed seventh after defeating Hungary 45-30 in the classifications.
"It's the first time for my teammates to compete at the Olympic Games. Our opponents have more experience than us. They were more confident than us when the game was close," China's Shao Yaqi said.