|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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