yale’s jacobson and u.s. teammates take team bronze

Courtesy of NBColympics.com

BEIJING (AP) — Yale alum Sada Jacobson lunged at her opponent and landed one last touch. Then she walked off the strip, pausing briefly to encourage a teammate.

With that, Jacobson’s work for American fencing was done. Becca Ward took it from there, closing out a 45-38 win over France that gave the U.S. the bronze medal in women’s team sabre Thursday. It was a bittersweet win for Jacobson, who is retiring from the sport to go to law school.

“I’m disappointed. I really wanted that gold medal. I really wanted it a lot,” Jacobson said. “But a medal’s a medal.”

The U.S. swept the individual medals in women’s sabre last weekend, but Ukraine upset the U.S. in the semifinals of the team event. Ukraine ended up taking the gold, and China won the silver.

At 25, Jacobson is the oldest member of an American trio that helped bring rare publicity to fencing in the United States. Mariel Zagunis, 23, won individual gold medals in 2004 and 2008. Her Athens gold in 2004 was the first at the Olympics by an American fencer in a century.

Zagunis was noncommittal on whether she’d be back for the 2012 Games. So was the 18-year-old Ward, who is headed to Duke. Jacobson is sure she won’t be back at the Olympics — not in fencing at least.

“Maybe I’ll switch to Winter Olympics and do, like, speedskating,” she joked. “I have the quads for it.”

Jacobson was the top seed in this year’s individual sabre tournament, just as she was in 2004. She won bronze in Athens and silver this year — then did her best to earn that elusive gold in the team event Thursday.

For the complete story, head to NBColympics.com.


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