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Swiss women cut through competition in fencing championships

Gianna Halblützel-Bürki checks her foil Keystone

The Swiss women's team has won the gold medal at the European fencing championships in Madeira. The four-member team narrowly beat world champions Hungary to take its first-ever European title.

This content was published on July 7, 2000 - 08:34

The final came to a thrilling climax when Swiss fencer, Gianna Halblützel-Bürki, clinched the 45-44 win for her team just as her contest with Hajnalka Toth of Hungary moved into overtime.

The Swiss team - made up of Halblützel-Bürki, Diana Romagnoli, Sophie Lamon and Tabea Steffen - is now setting its sights on gold at the Sydney Olympics in two months' time.

The biggest discovery in the Swiss team was 15-year-old Lamon who scored the highest individual points total.

On the way to the title, Switzerland beat the Netherlands, Ukraine, Germany and finally Hungary. Germany came third in the championships.

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