August 9, 2008: First gold USA's Mariel Zagunis receives her gold medal in the 2008 Olympic Games' women's individual sabre from IOC's Pal Schmitt. Zagunis relished the first gold medal for the United States of these 2008 Summer Olympics, defeating fellow American Sada Jacobson 15-8 in women's individual sabre. The Americans made it a clean sweep on Saturday as pre-Olympics favorite Becca Ward won the bronze, defeating Russia's Sofiya Velikaya in a thrilling 15-14 bout. "We couldn't have asked for a better result today, three American flags being raised," said the 23-year-old Zagunis, who studied anthropology at Notre Dame.
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