LONDON (AP) Italy beat Japan in the gold medal match in the men's team foil Sunday for its third fencing title at the London Olympics.
The Italian top seeds and favorites held out to win 45-39 under constant pressure from the persistent seventh-seeded Japanese at ExCel Centre. It was the last of the 10 fencing competitions in London.
Italy added men's team foil gold to its titles in the women's individual and team foil after coming back from an early 9-7 deficit against Japan.
With roots that run as far back as the great civilizations of Egypt, Greece and Rome, modern fencing has a rich and romantic history revitalized in 15th-century France and Italy. It's also been an Olympic sport as long as the modern Games have been around. From the legends that have brandished their weapons on the piste to a description of the three types of swords that clash above it, take a look at what makes one of the Olympics' oldest sports one of its most fascinating.