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Sabre, Individual, Women

Date 8 August 2016
LocationArena Carioca 3, Parque Olímpico da Barra, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Participants36 from 20 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The Russian fencers dominated the individual sabre tournament. Of the country’s three competitors, two met in the final and the third, Yekaterina Dyachenko was stopped in the quarter-final by her compatriot and the eventual gold medalist Yana Yegoryan. In addition to Yegoryan and top seeded Sofiya Velikaya, the final four fencers comprised second seeded Olha Kharlan from Ukraine, and the surprise semi-finalist Manon Brunet from France. In the semis, Velikaya edged out Brunet by a narrow 15–14 margin and Yegoryan defeated two-time world champion Kharlan 15-9. Kharlan went on to repeat her bronze medal from London 2012 by beating Brunet 15–10.

A dramatic final saw the reigning World Champion Velikaya leading 8–5 halfway through the bout. But Yegoryan slowly closed the gap to 12–12, before Velikaya came back to lead 14–13, and was just one point from victory. But Yegoryan kept her nerves scoring the final two points to claim a 15–14 victory. For the second consecutve Olympics, Velikaya lost the final and had to once again be content with silver.

1Yana YegoryanRUSGold
2Sofya VelikayaRUSSilver
3Olha KharlanUKRBronze
4Manon BrunetFRA
5Cécilia BerderFRA
6Azza BesbesTUN
7Yekaterina DyachenkoRUS
8Loreta GulottaITA
9Mariel ZagunisUSA
10Anna MártonHUN
11Kim Ji-YeonKOR
12Ibtihaj MuhammadUSA
13Vasiliki VougioukaGRE
14Charlotte LembachFRA
15Alina KomashchukUKR
16Małgorzata KozaczukPOL
17Shen ChenCHN
18Aleksandra SochaPOL
19Hwang Seon-AKOR
20Seo Ji-YeonKOR
21Rossella GregorioITA
22Irene VecchiITA
23Səbinə MikinaAZE
24Dagmara WozniakUSA
25Belén PérezARG
26Olena KravatskaUKR
27Nguyễn Thị Lệ DungVIE
28Tania ArrayalesMEX
29Alejandra BenítezVEN
30Eileen GrenchPAN
31Úrsula GonzálezMEX
32Bogna JóźwiakPOL
33Marta BaezaBRA
34Julieta ToledoMEX
35Chika AokiJPN
36Nada HafezEGY

Round One

Date8 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #1Sofya VelikayaRUSbye
Bout #208 Aug 9:00Blue PisteBogna JóźwiakPOL4 – 2Marta BaezaBRA
Bout #3Charlotte LembachFRAbye
Bout #4Irene VecchiITAbye
Bout #5Cécilia BerderFRAbye
Bout #6Belén PérezARGbye
Bout #7Ibtihaj MuhammadUSAbye
Bout #8Olena KravatskaUKRbye
Bout #9Małgorzata KozaczukPOLbye
Bout #10Shen ChenCHNbye
Bout #11Azza BesbesTUNbye
Bout #12Səbinə MikinaAZEbye
Bout #13Manon BrunetFRAbye
Bout #14Hwang Seon-AKORbye
Bout #1508 Aug 9:00Red PisteAlejandra BenítezVEN15 – 11Nada HafezEGY
Bout #16Anna MártonHUNbye
Bout #17Mariel ZagunisUSAbye
Bout #1808 Aug 9:00Green PisteEileen GrenchPAN15 – 5Chika AokiJPN
Bout #19Yekaterina DyachenkoRUSbye
Bout #20Seo Ji-YeonKORbye
Bout #21Vasiliki VougioukaGREbye
Bout #22Dagmara WozniakUSAbye
Bout #23Yana YegoryanRUSbye
Bout #24Tania ArrayalesMEXbye
Bout #25Kim Ji-YeonKORbye
Bout #26Nguyễn Thị Lệ DungVIEbye
Bout #27Loreta GulottaITAbye
Bout #28Aleksandra SochaPOLbye
Bout #29Alina KomashchukUKRbye
Bout #30Rossella GregorioITAbye
Bout #3108 Aug 9:00Yellow PisteÚrsula GonzálezMEX15 – 11Julieta ToledoMEX
Bout #32Olha KharlanUKRbye

Round Two

Date8 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round three.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #108 Aug 10:15Blue PisteSofya VelikayaRUS15 – 5Bogna JóźwiakPOL
Bout #208 AugBlue PisteCharlotte LembachFRA15 – 11Irene VecchiITA
Bout #308 AugBlue PisteCécilia BerderFRA15 – 6Belén PérezARG
Bout #408 AugBlue PisteIbtihaj MuhammadUSA15 – 13Olena KravatskaUKR
Bout #508 Aug 10:15Red PisteMałgorzata KozaczukPOL15 – 9Shen ChenCHN
Bout #608 AugRed PisteAzza BesbesTUN15 – 12Səbinə MikinaAZE
Bout #708 AugRed PisteManon BrunetFRA15 – 11Hwang Seon-AKOR
Bout #808 AugRed PisteAnna MártonHUN15 – 14Alejandra BenítezVEN
Bout #908 Aug 10:15Green PisteMariel ZagunisUSA15 – 4Eileen GrenchPAN
Bout #1008 AugGreen PisteYekaterina DyachenkoRUS15 – 12Seo Ji-YeonKOR
Bout #1108 AugGreen PisteVasiliki VougioukaGRE15 – 8Dagmara WozniakUSA
Bout #1208 AugGreen PisteYana YegoryanRUS15 – 7Tania ArrayalesMEX
Bout #1308 Aug 10:15Yellow PisteKim Ji-YeonKOR15 – 3Nguyễn Thị Lệ DungVIE
Bout #1408 AugYellow PisteLoreta GulottaITA15 – 10Aleksandra SochaPOL
Bout #1508 AugYellow PisteAlina KomashchukUKR15 – 14Rossella GregorioITA
Bout #1608 AugYellow PisteOlha KharlanUKR15 – 8Úrsula GonzálezMEX

Round Three

Date8 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #108 Aug 12:30Blue PisteSofya VelikayaRUS15 – 14Charlotte LembachFRA
Bout #208 AugBlue PisteCécilia BerderFRA15 – 12Ibtihaj MuhammadUSA
Bout #308 AugRed PisteAzza BesbesTUN15 – 12Małgorzata KozaczukPOL
Bout #408 Aug 12:30Red PisteManon BrunetFRA15 – 12Anna MártonHUN
Bout #508 Aug 12:30Green PisteYekaterina DyachenkoRUS15 – 12Mariel ZagunisUSA
Bout #608 AugGreen PisteYana YegoryanRUS15 – 11Vasiliki VougioukaGRE
Bout #708 AugYellow PisteLoreta GulottaITA15 – 13Kim Ji-YeonKOR
Bout #808 Aug 12:30Yellow PisteOlha KharlanUKR15 – 8Alina KomashchukUKR


Date8 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #108 Aug 13:45Blue PisteSofya VelikayaRUS15 – 10Cécilia BerderFRA
Bout #208 Aug 13:45Red PisteManon BrunetFRA15 – 14Azza BesbesTUN
Bout #308 Aug 13:45Green PisteYana YegoryanRUS15 – 10Yekaterina DyachenkoRUS
Bout #408 Aug 13:45Yellow PisteOlha KharlanUKR15 – 4Loreta GulottaITA


Date8 August 2016
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #108 Aug 16:00Finals PisteSofya VelikayaRUS15 – 14Manon BrunetFRA
Bout #208 AugFinals PisteYana YegoryanRUS15 – 9Olha KharlanUKR

Final Round

Date8 August 2016
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout 1/208 Aug 17:45Finals PisteYana YegoryanRUS15 – 14Sofya VelikayaRUS
Bout 3/408 Aug 17:15Finals PisteOlha KharlanUKR15 – 10Manon BrunetFRA