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En garde! Zagunis wins 06 Cup fencing title

The Beaverton native seals her victory by winning at Las Vegas
by: , Mariel Zagunis

The trophy case continues to be bombarded by new hardware over at the Zagunis household.

Mariel Zagunis, a Valley Catholic graduate and Beaverton resident who previously won the 2004 Olympic gold medal in women's sabre, recently secured the 2005-06 World Cup trophy, ending the season as the fencer with the best overall results.

Zagunis, 21, will be presented with a special FIE (Federation International Escrime) medal during a ceremony at the 2006 Turin Italy World Championships in honor of her accomplishment.

She sealed her overall World Cup title by winning gold at the World Cup event at Las Vegas on June 17. There, she came through with the final three touches of the championship to defeat Italy's Ilaria Bianco 15-14.

Zagunis trailed 12-10 before posting five of the last seven touches to win. The Notre Dame junior-to-be and 2006 NCAA champion went 6-0 in the 109 fencer event, including a 15-12 win over France's Anne-Lise Touya in the semifinals.