In the World Fencing Championships in Melbourne, Australia, the Soviet team came from behind to take the men's foil team title on Wednesday (22 August).
SV: Sign 'World Fencing Championship' in front of judges table.
GV: A. Romankov of USSR (left) fencing A??? Borella of Italy. Borella scores.
SV: Soviet team member and official watching match.
GV: C. Montano of Italy (right) and Sabirjan Rousiev of USSR fencing. Point to Rouziev.
GV: Russian Vladimir Smirnov against Italian Borella, Smirnov wins.
SV: Score board.
Russian Rouziev (left) fencing Mauro Numa of Italy. Crowd watching. Rouziev scores. (3 shots)
SV AND CU: Soviet team being presented with medals. (4 shots)
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Background: In the World Fencing Championships in Melbourne, Australia, the Soviet team came from behind to take the men's foil team title on Wednesday (22 August). The team wrested the initiative from Italy after being down one to five and took the title with a nine to six win. Third was West Germany, followed by France, Poland and Hungary.
SYNOPSIS: The bouts were held in Melbourne's Monash University.
Italy raced to a four-one lead after Andrea Borella scored a five-zero victory over Soviet Alexandre Romankov, winner of the men's individual championship.
The turning point came when the Soviet switched Sabirjan Rouziev for Sergeni Kossenko, who had lost all his bouts. Rouziev immediately scored a five-four victory over Italian Carlo Montano, to level the scores six-six.
In his bout with Soviet Vladimir Smirnov, Italian Borella was unable to repeat his earlier victory over Romankov, and Smirnov kept the Soviet streak alive.
Rouziev scored again over another Italian Mauro Numa to point - the way to victory for the Soviet team.
The six members of the winning team from the Soviet Union receives the medals of victory, after fighting back from an indifferent start. The ten day competition ends on August 28.