Notre Dame's Mariel Zagunis wins first Beijing gold for U.S.

A Notre Dame student won the first gold for the United States and led her team to sweep the women's saber fencing competition.

Mariel Zagunis took the gold with a 15-8 victory over fellow American Sada Jacobson.

Jacobson took the silver, and Becca Ward scored the bronze. Ward is also representing the United States.

Zagunis actually took time off from Notre Dame to train for the Beijing games.

She is the defending gold medal holder from Athens.

In 2004, Zagunis became the first American female to win a gold medal in fencing in over a century.

The U.S. is now favored to win the team competition in women's saber.

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