By Paul D. Bowker | March 30, 2018, 12:01 a.m. (ET)
Mariel Zagunis (L) and Irene Vecchi of Italy compete in the women's saber semifinal at the FIE Moscow Grand Prix on May 29, 2016 in Moscow.


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A new mom is back in competition.

Mariel Zagunis, a four-time Olympic medalist who gave birth to a daughter in October, is among 24 U.S. fencers who are in Seoul, South Korea, this week for a saber grand prix.

Zagunis, a five-time world champion and two-time individual Olympic gold medalist, enters the three-day individual tournament with a No. 75 world ranking after not having competed in a year. Other Olympians in the women’s tournament include 16th-ranked Dagmara Wozniak and 35th-ranked Monica Aksamit.

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Eli Dershwitz, a 2016 Olympian, leads the U.S. men with a No. 6 ranking. He is coming off a world cup win in Italy in February, when he defeated two-time Olympic champion Aron Szilagyi of Hungary.

Also among the top 20 is 14th-ranked Daryl Homer, a two-time Olympian who won the silver medal at the Olympic Games Rio 2016.

The tournament, which began Friday, concludes Sunday with the medal rounds for both men and women.

Paul D. Bowker is a freelance contributor to on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.