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U.S. men's team falls short of medal

Updated: August 21, 2004, 5:41 PM ET
Associated Press

ATHENS, Greece -- For the second time in these Olympics, an American men's fencing team fell just short of a medal. And, once again, a close call at the end went against them.

After upsetting Germany in the quarterfinals, the United States lost to China in the semifinals then to Russia in the bronze-medal bout.

Italy won the gold medal, fending off a late run by China to win 45-42.

In their medal match, the Americans were tied at 35, then trailed 41-38 when Dan Kellner and Youri ...

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