Valentina Vezzali, Italy take silver behind Russia at fencing worlds

Italian fencing great Valentina Vezzali's career ended Tuesday after she helped Italy win a silver medal at the team world championships in Rio De Janeiro.

Vezzali, a six-time Olympic champion, had previously announced that the world championships would be her last appearance on the piste. Russia defeated the Italians 45-39 in women's foil, just a year after losing to Italy at worlds.

Vezzali, 42, failed to qualify for the Rio Olympics after a defeat in November. She won nine Olympic medals and 16 world golds during her career.

France finished third, followed by South Korea and the United States.