Szilagyi claims sabre gold
Aron Szilagyi claimed Hungary's first gold at London 2012
Hungary's incredible Olympic record in men's sabre fencing was continued at the ExCeL as 22-year-old Aron Szilagyi grabbed their first gold of the London Games.
It was the 13th time a Hungarian had triumphed in the event - and that includes an amazing run of 11 out of 12 victories between 1908 and 1964.
Szilagyi is their only fencer in the world's top 50 - he is ranked sixth - was their only representative in the 36-strong field and was also one of the youngest taking part, but after four earlier wins he easily beat Italian Diego Occhiuzzi 15-8 in the final.
Bronze went to Russian Nikolay Kovalev, who had beaten German world number one Nicolas Limbach in the quarter-finals and then Romanian Rares Dumitrescu to claim third place.
Occhiuzzi found himself 7-0 behind in no time at all, fought back to 9-5 and 12-7, but Szilagyi was simply in unstoppable mood as he became his country's first winner of the title since Bence Szabo in Barcelona 20 years ago.
The competition was full of shocks, none of the world's top five or the last two winners of the title reaching the semi-finals. Athens champion Aldo Montano, with "God Save The Queen" shaved into the back of his head, lost to compatriot Occhiuzzi 15-13.
Also in the last 16 China's Zhong Man, the surprise gold medallist in Beijing four years ago, was beaten 15-10 by Szilagyi, Russian world number two Alexey Yakimenko went down 15-14 to American Daryl Homer and third-ranked Korean Gu Bongil lost by the same score to German Max Hartung.
A day after Italy's women took a clean sweep of the medals in the foil, Occhiuzzi became their sole survivor in the last eight following the early defeat of Luigi Tarantino.
He was shown a red card and suffered the loss of the deciding point at 14-14 for launching an attack too soon at a restart, having already incurred one infringement against Hartung.
Tarantino, banned for two months for a head butt during a World Cup competition in Madrid earlier this year, was reported to have smashed a barrier in frustration on his way out.
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