U.S. falls shy of bronze vs. Germany

LONDON -- Germany won the bronze medal in the men's team
foil, beating the United States 45-27 in the final fencing event at
the Olympics.

The third-seeded Germans were ahead throughout and posted a
comfortable win at ExCel Centre on Sunday.

It's Germany's second fencing medal at the London Games after
Britta Heidemann's silver in the women's individual epee. Peter
Joppich sealed the victory in the ninth bout against Alexander

The German foil team took third despite losing Sebastian
Bachmann to injury during the match.

The U.S. missed out on a second bronze after the American
women's team finished third in the epee.

Italy beat Japan in the gold medal match.

The Italian top seeds and favorites held out to win 45-39 under constant pressure from the persistent seventh-seeded Japanese.

Italy added men's team foil gold to its titles in the women's individual and team foil after coming back from an early 9-7 deficit against Japan.

Italy finished atop the fencing medal table with three golds and seven medals overall. South Korea won two golds and six medals ahead of China's two golds and three medals overall.

The silver was Japan's first fencing medal in London.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.