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Olena Kravatska from Ukraine, left, reacts , as she compete with Irene Vecchi from Italy ,in the women's team sabre fencing competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Saturday, Aug. 13, 2016. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)
With tensions rising between the Russian and Ukrainian governments, leave it to the Olympic to unintentionally break the ice a bit.
The Russian and Ukrainian women's sabre fencing teams, two of the best in the world, clinched berths to the gold medal final nearly simultaneously on Saturday at Carioca Arena 3.
But as they celebrated their victories on different ends of the arena, the public address system played "Give Peace a Chance" by John Lennon.
Though it was almost certainly a coincidence, it was a bit awkward considering all that gone on in recent weeks and years between the two countries.
Russia annexed Crimea from Ukraine two years ago, and a conflict between Russia-backed separatists and Ukrainian forces flared up in eastern Ukraine weeks later. Despite that and the conflict in the east, which has killed more than 9,500 people, Kiev and Moscow didn't break diplomatic ties.
Still, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Friday that Russia could do so with Ukraine over recent reported security incidents in Crimea.
The rivals stuck to fencing in Rio, where Russia beat Ukraine 45-30 for the gold.