(Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Mariel Zagunis (Beaverton,
Ore.) earned her fifth straight individual medal on the
international circuit on Saturday when she took bronze at
the Gent Saber World Cup in Belgium.
The top-ranked athlete in the world doubled the scores of
both of her first two opponents as she took out Davina
Hirzmann (GER), 15-7, in the table of 64 and Iryna Kravchuk
(TUR), 15-5, in the table of 32.
Although Marion Stoltz (FRA) kept their table of 16 bout
close, Zagunis earned the win, 15-13.
Zagunis held her quarter-final opponent, Stefanie Kubissa
(GER) to eight touches to advance to the medal rounds.
In the semifinals, Zagunis was outtouched by 2005 Senior
World medalist Ilaria Bianco (ITA), 15-14. Bianco went on
went on to win gold over teammate Irene Vecchi (ITA).
Dagmara Wozniak (Avenel, N.J.), who will compete with
Zagunis at the London Olympic Games, was seeded seventh in
the table of 64 and won her opening bout against Yi Tak
Fong (HKG), 15-9.
After a close win over Eileen Grench (PAN), 15-13, Wozniak
defeated Joanna Hutchison (GBR), 15-6, to advance to the
The silver medalist at this event last year, Wozniak had
hopes of returning to the podium, but she lost her bout in
the quarters to Irena Wieckowska (POL), 15-13, and finished
Like all four U.S. athletes in the table of 64, Ibtihaj
Muhammad (Maplewood, N.J.) was exempt from the pools and
preliminary rounds on Friday. Muhammad opened with a win on
Saturday against Shia Rodriguez (VEN), 15-9, but lost in
the table of 32 to Bianco, 15-10, to place 20th.
Daria Schneider (New York City, N.Y.) also advanced to the
table of 64, but lost to Paola Guarneri (ITA), 15-8.
Competition continues on Sunday when Zagunis, Schneider,
Wozniak and 2012 Cadet World medalist Francesca Russo
(Wayne, N.J.) will compete in the team event.