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Épée, Team, Women

Date24 July 1996
StatusOlympic
LocationGeorgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, Georgia
Participants33 from 11 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Hungary and France had contested the 1995 World Championships final and their fencers’ performances in the individual event suggested a repeat of that final was a likely gold medal match for the Atlanta Olympics. This ended at the semi-final stage when Italy defeated an underperforming Hungarian team by a comfortable margin of 45-32.

In contrast the French team of individual finalists Laura Flessel and Valérie Barlois-Mevel backed up by Sophie Moressée-Pichot were more consistent over the event and even when they made a slow start to a match they always finished strongly. This was evident in the final where they proceeded to win 15 of the final 20 points needed to claim their victory. Hungary, four times World Champions in the proceeding five years, was upset by Russia for bronze.

PosCompetitorsNOC
1FranceFRAGold
Laura FlesselSophie Moressée-PichotValérie Barlois-Mevel
2ItalyITASilver
Elisa UgaLaura ChiesaMargherita Zalaffi
3Russian FederationRUSBronze
Karina AznavuryanMariya MazinaYuliya Garayeva
4HungaryHUN
Adrienn HormayGyöngyi Szalay-HorváthTímea Nagy
5EstoniaEST
Heidi RohiMaarika VõsuOksana Jermakova
6CubaCUB
Milagros PalmaMirayda GarcíaTamara Esteri
7GermanyGER
Claudia BokelEva-Maria IttnerKatja Nass
8United StatesUSA
Elaine CherisLeslie MarxNhi Lan Le
9SwitzerlandSUI
Gianna BürkiMichèle WolfSandra Kenel
10Republic of KoreaKOR
Kim Hui-JeongGo Jeong-JeonLee Geum-Nam
11JapanJPN
Nanae TanakaNoriko KuboYuko Arai

Round One

Date24 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #124 JulUnited StatesUSA45 – 44Republic of KoreaKOR
Match #224 JulRussian FederationRUS45 – 33JapanJPN
Match #324 JulCubaCUB45 – 39SwitzerlandSUI

Quarter-Finals

Date24 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #124 JulHungaryHUN45 – 25United StatesUSA
Match #224 JulItalyITA45 – 38EstoniaEST
Match #324 JulRussian FederationRUS45 – 37GermanyGER
Match #424 JulFranceFRA45 – 35CubaCUB

Semi-Finals

Date24 July 1996
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #124 JulItalyITA45 – 32HungaryHUN
Match #224 JulFranceFRA45 – 39Russian FederationRUS

Classification Round 9-12

Date24 July 1996
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #124 JulSwitzerlandSUI45 – 44JapanJPN

Classification Round 5-8

Date24 July 1996
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #124 JulEstoniaEST45 – 38United StatesUSA
Match #224 JulCubaCUB45 – 40GermanyGER

Final Round

Date24 July 1996
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match 1/224 JulFranceFRA45 – 33ItalyITA
Match 3/424 JulRussian FederationRUS45 – 44HungaryHUN
Match 5/624 JulEstoniaEST45 – 30CubaCUB
Match 7/824 JulGermanyGER45 – 37United StatesUSA
Match 9/1024 JulSwitzerlandSUI45 – 44Republic of KoreaKOR