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Sabre, Team, Women

Date14 August 2008
LocationGuojia Huiyi Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants30 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Since the US team had swept the medals a few days earlier in the individual event it seemed inevitable to most observers that they would storm to another gold medal in the team events. They demolished South Africa in the first match but the unthinkable occurred in the semi-finals and they were defeated by Ukraine though, in fairness, their opponents were the 2007 World Championship runners-up. The champions of 2007 also fell in the semi-finals when France were put out by the host nation of China. The China-Ukraine final was a classic. China maintained a clear lead until, with the score 40-36 in favour of the Chinese, the final pairing of Olha Kharlan and Tan Xue took to the stage. Kharlan, the outstanding performer of the final, fought back to tie the scores at 44-all with all to play for on the final hit. The two fencers appeared to score simultaneously and, after a lengthy video review, it was decided that a decision was impossible and they returned to fight once more. For the second time they appeared to score simultaneous hits but this time the referee decided in favour of the Ukrainian.

Olha KharlanOlena KhomrovaHalyna PundykOlha Zhovnir
2People's Republic of ChinaCHNSilver
Bao YingyingHuang HaiyangNi HongTan Xue
3United StatesUSABronze
Sada JacobsonBecca WardMariel Zagunis
Solenne MaryLéonore PerrusAnne-Lise TouyaCarole Vergne
5Russian FederationRUS
Yekaterina DyachenkoYekaterina FedorkinaYelena NechayevaSofya Velikaya
Bogna JóźwiakAleksandra SochaIrena Więckowska
Julie CloutierOlga OvtchinnikovaWendy SaschenbreckerSandra Sassine
8South AfricaRSA
Jyoti ChettyAdele du PlooyShelley GosherElvira Wood

Round One

Date14 August 2008 — 9:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
Match #114 Aug 9:30Piste YellowUnited StatesUSA45 – 8South AfricaRSA
Match #214 Aug 9:30Piste RedUkraineUKR45 – 34Russian FederationRUS
Match #314 Aug 9:30Piste BluePeople's Republic of ChinaCHN45 – 25PolandPOL
Match #414 Aug 9:30Piste GreenFranceFRA45 – 22CanadaCAN


Date14 August 2008 — 11:40
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
Match #114 Aug 11:40Piste YellowUkraineUKR45 – 39United StatesUSA
Match #214 Aug 11:40Piste BluePeople's Republic of ChinaCHN45 – 38FranceFRA

Classification Round 5-8

Date14 August 2008 — 10:40
Match #114 Aug 10:40Piste YellowRussian FederationRUS45 – 13South AfricaRSA
Match #214 Aug 10:40Piste BluePolandPOL45 – 44CanadaCAN

Final Round

Date14 August 2008
Match 1/214 Aug 19:00Piste FinalUkraineUKR45 – 44People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match 3/414 Aug 18:00Piste FinalUnited StatesUSA45 – 38FranceFRA
Match 5/614 Aug 12:50Piste YellowRussian FederationRUS45 – 36PolandPOL
Match 7/814 Aug 12:50Piste BlueCanadaCAN45 – 16South AfricaRSA