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U.S. men take fencing silver
Keeth Smart celebrates after defeating France's Julien Pillet, 9-5.
Beijing, China (Sports Network) - The United States men's fencing team won silver in the team foil competition after losing to France in the gold medal match Sunday at the Beijing Olympics.

The U.S. had earned surprising victories over Russia and Hungary to gain a berth in the final round. However, the French posted a 45-37 win over the Americans to secure their second straight gold medal in the event.

France had actually built a 40-28 lead heading into the final round, but Keeth Smart of the U.S. would make the final score a bit more respectable as he defeated France's Julien Pillet, 9-5.

"The individual medal would have been nice, but the team medal is so much more gratifying," said Smart.

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