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The Russian Olympic Committee's Sofia Pozdniakova celebrates after winning the Sabre Individual Fencing Gold Medal Bout on July 26.
The Russian Olympic Committee’s Sofia Pozdniakova celebrates after winning the Sabre Individual Fencing Gold Medal Bout on July 26. Julian Finney/Getty Images

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.

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