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South Korea wins surprise fencing gold

London, England (Sports Network) - South Korea earned its first gold medal in men's team fencing on Friday, winning the sabre event with an easy victory over Romania in the gold medal match.

The Koreans entered this tournament as the sixth of eight seeds and beat Germany and Italy before posting a 45-26 win over Romania. It marks the fifth medal in fencing at the London Games for Korea and the second gold after Kim Jiyeon's title in the women's individual sabre.

South Korea's first ever medal in team fencing came on Thursday when the women's team won bronze in the foil.

Romania, the fourth seed, turned in its best performance in a men's team fencing event. It's the third team medal for the country, which had won bronze in team sabre at both the 1976 and 1984 Summer Games.

Italy won bronze with a 45-40 victory over Russia, which entered this tournament as the top-seeded team.

Italy has won a record 20 Olympic medals in men's team sabre, but haven't taken gold since 1984. The Italians also won bronze four years ago in Beijing.

The United States lost in the opening round to Russia, dropping a 45-33 decision. The Americans had won silver in this event in Beijing.

08/03 15:20:31 ET