Mariel Zagunis won the first gold medal for the United States in modern fencing history!

In her final match, Zagunis commanded the bout against Xue Tan of China from the beginning, running an 8-2 streak by the first break. Zagunis fenced with tenacity and imagination, scoring for instance with point-in-line at 5-2.

After the break Tan rallied, changing her game and taking the score back up to 10-6 to the chants of the large contingent from China. But Zagunis was not to be denied and gritted out the next few touches to finally win 15-9.

I’m sorry I missed it…

(Thanks to Derek for letting me know!)