CHIBA, Japan (AP) – The Russian Olympic Committee won the women’s saber fencing team on Saturday by beating France 45-41 in the final to claim their third gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

The Russian athletes were 20-14 behind after four of nine bouts in the final before Olga Nikitina turned things around by winning Game 5 11-3 over Charlotte Lembach.

Sofya Velikaya won her fifth career Olympic medal while retaining the title she won with the Russian team in 2016.

Sofia Pozdnyakova, who beat Velikaya in the individual final, is the second woman to win both individual and team saber events at the same Olympics after her Russian colleague Yana Egorian succeeds the same feat in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. ROC’s third victory in fencing was in women’s foil by teams.

“An incredible dream. For me, when I think about it, I think it’s impossible, ”said Pozdniakova to win the individual and team saber. “But it’s always possible if you love your job, if you train hard, if you love what you do. “

Pozdniakova’s father, Stanislav Pozdnyakov, won three Olympic gold medals in team saber from 1992 to 2000. He is now Chairman of the Russian Olympic Committee, the organization under the name of which Russian athletes compete in the Tokyo Olympics following a legal battle over doping lab data.

South Korea beat Italy 45-42 for bronze. Italy led 25-15 after the fifth game, but South Korean fencer Yoon Jisu won the next game 11-5 and Seo Jiyeon followed with a 9-3 victory in the seventh. me.

It was the first time that France or South Korea have stepped onto the women’s saber team podium.