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Mariel Zagunis Upset In Women's Individual Sabre Semifinals At London Olympics

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US fencer Mariel Zagunis reacts after conceding a hit against South Korea's Kim Ji Yeon during their Women's sabre semifinal bout as part of the fencing event of London 2012 Olympic games, on August 1, 2012 at the ExCel centre in London.
US fencer Mariel Zagunis reacts after conceding a hit against South Korea's Kim Ji Yeon during their Women's sabre semifinal bout as part of the fencing event of London 2012 Olympic games, on August 1, 2012 at the ExCel centre in London.

LONDON — Kim Jiyeon of South Korea won the Olympic fencing gold medal in women's individual sabre on Wednesday night, topping Russia's Sofya Velikaya 15-9 to win the title.

Kim downed two-time gold medalist Mariel Zagunis of the United States in the semifinals, rallying from seven points down to earn a berth in the final.

Against Velikaya, Kim was in control virtually the entire way. She yielded only 10 points in her first two bouts Wednesday, and carried that momentum all the way through the final.

Zagunis left without any medal, falling to Ukraine's Olga Kharlan in the bronze-medal bout.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

LONDON (AP) – Two-time Olympic sabre champion Mariel Zagunis, who carried the American flag at the opening ceremony, has lost a semifinal match at the London Games.

Zagunis wasted an early lead and fell to South Korea's Kim Jiyeon 15-13 in the semifinals. She will meet either Russia's Sofya Velikaya or Olga Kharlan of the Ukraine later Wednesday night for bronze.

The top-seeded Zagunis defeated No. 32 Diah Permatasari of Indonesia 15-7 in her opening bout, topped Japan's Seira Nakayama 15-9 in the next round, then overwhelmed China's Zhu Min 15-6 in the quarterfinals to reach the medal round.

Dagmara Wozniak of the U.S. was ousted in the quarterfinals, falling to second-seeded Velikaya 15-13.

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