Sofia Pozdniakova, daughter of Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) President Stanislav Pozdniakov, secured a gold in the individual women’s sabre fencing competition on Monday.
Two-time world champion Pozdniakova, who was making her Olympic debut, defeated ROC teammate Sofya Velikaya 15-11 in the final.
For 36-year-old Velikaya it was a third Olympic silver medal after she finished runner-up at London 2012 and Rio 2016.
Pozdniakova follows in the footsteps of her father Stanislav who previously won 4 Olympic gold medals in the sabre competitions – 3 coming in the team competition at Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 200, respectively, and 1 in the individual competition at Atlanta 1996.
Pozdniakov was appointed President of the Russian Olympic Committee in May 2018.
Remember: Due to a ban by the World Anti-Doping Agency for doping non-compliance, Russian athletes are note competing under their country’s name, flag and national anthem at major international sporting events until Dec. 16, 2022. They are officially recognized as members of ROC.