The ROC triumphed in the women's team sabre competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games ©Getty Images

Team ROC earned gold in the women’s team sabre competition as their fencers saw off the challenge of France in the final at Tokyo 2020 today.

The ROC fielded a strong team for the competition here, including the newly crowned individual champion Sofia Pozdniakova and silver medallist Sofya Velikaya.

Olga Nikitina completed the ROC line-up as they cruised through their quarter and semi-final matches at the Makuhari Messe Hall B.

The top seeds overcame Japan 45-34 in the last eight, before empathically dispatching South Korea 45-26.

France provided the final opposition after they secured a 45-30 win against the United States and a 45-39 victory against Italy.

The French team of Cécilia Berder, Charlotte Lembach and Manon Brunet made a strong start to the final, establishing a 20-14 lead.

The match swung dramatically when Nikitna triumphed 11-3 in a head-to-head contest against Lembach.

A 5-1 win for Velikaya over Berder saw the ROC go on a 16-4 run.

France earned narrow wins in the final contests but were unable to prevent the ROC from winning the contest 45-41.

A 12-points swing in the middle of the contest proved key to the ROC's victory ©Getty Images
A 12-points swing in the middle of the contest proved key to the ROC's victory ©Getty Images

"Nikitina, Pozdniakova, and our fourth fencer, are our future stars, and the future of fencing," said Velikaya, who has now won two team sabre gold and three individual silver medals during her Olympic career.

“Many times I've finished matches, and today I see that you can do this.

“No matter who finishes the match, they believe in themselves, compete as a team, help together, and can do what they want, for the team and for victory."

South Korea responded from their semi-final loss to win the bronze medal match against Italy.

Kim Jiyeon, Seo Jiyeon and Yoon Yisu secured a narrow 45-42 win over the Italian team of Irene Vecchi, Rossella Gregorio and Michela Battiston.