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Zagunis falls on her sword

Expecting gold, American gets lost in the moment and suffers stunning loss

Updated: August 1, 2012, 9:28 PM ET
By Alyssa Roenigk | ESPN.com

Mariel Zagunis was in a hurry.

It had been a long day. She had already contested three bouts before most of her friends and family at home in Oregon had climbed out of bed. Then, at half-past 6 London time, she stepped onto the fencing strip for her semifinal match. Win there, and Zagunis would find herself in a place she knew all too well: fencing for gold in women's sabre at the Olympics.

But something happened on her walk toward the inevitable. Zagunis faltered, ...

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