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The next, she straps on a helmet, grabs a sword and turns into a whirlwind of movement and metal.

Kharlan is Ukraine’s top fencer and a leading contender for a gold medal at the London Olympics in August. She won gold in the saber category in Beijing in 2008 in a dramatic duel with a Chinese swordswoman.

After taking a silver medal at the World Fencing Championship in Kyiv in April, she is now trying to get herself in the right mental and physical shape to go one better in London.

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