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Italy's Tagliariol wins fencing gold

Italian fencer Matteo Tagliariol won the gold medal in men's epee Sunday at the Beijing Olympics.

Italian fencer Matteo Tagliariol won the gold medal in men's epee Sunday at the Beijing Olympics.

Tagliariol defeated Fabrice Jeannet of France 15-9 in the final to win Italy's first gold medal of the 2008 Games.

Jeannet, who beat Canadian Igor Tikhomirov in the round of 16, settled for the silver. Jose Luis Abajo of Spain took the bronze.

In the final, Tagliariol went on a six-point run to jump out to a 8-3, and never looked back.

Tagliariol's victory allowed the Italian fencing team to save face — Andrea Baldini, Italy's men's foil star, lost his spot on the Olympic team because of a positive test for a banned substance.