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Foil, Team, Women

Date16 August 2008
LocationGuojia Huiyi Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants29 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

One of the great mysteries of the sport was the lack of success of the Italian team at World Championship level in the years between Olympics. Despite completely dominating the individual event and regularly having three fencers in the world’s top five they had won only a single silver medal in World Championship team competition since 2004. While Italy had an easy win in the first round against Poland, the reigning World Champions, they were defeated by a lightly regarded US team that then went on to upset another higher ranked team in the form of Hungary and became unlikely finalists. The other semi-final saw another underwhelming performance from Italy and they bowed out to Russia by the closest possible margin 22-21. The US held Russia in the very early part of the final but when Russia went on a streak where they won 16 of 17 points the battle was lost and the Russians went on to score a lopsided victory. Erinn Smart’s achievement of winning a silver medal in this event was matched the next day by her brother, Keeth, as part of the US men’s sabre team. The Italians rebounded to win bronze.

1Russian FederationRUSGold
Svetlana BoykoYevgeniya LamonovaViktoriya NikishinaAida Shanayeva
2United StatesUSASilver
Emily CrossErinn SmartHanna Thompson
Margherita GranbassiIlaria SalvatoriGiovanna TrilliniValentina Vezzali
Edina KnapekAida MohamedVirginie ÚjlakiGabriella Varga
Carolin GolubytskyiAnja SchacheKatja Wächter
6People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Huang JialingSu WanwenSun ChaoZhang Lei
Karolina ChlewińskaSylwia GruchałaMagdalena MroczkiewiczMałgorzata Wojtkowiak
Eman El-GammalShaimaa El-GammalIman Shaban

Round One

Date16 August 2008 — 9:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
Match #116 Aug 9:00Piste YellowRussian FederationRUS45 – 23EgyptEGY
Match #216 Aug 9:00Piste RedItalyITA37 – 24People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match #316 Aug 9:00Piste BlueHungaryHUN35 – 31GermanyGER
Match #416 Aug 9:00Piste GreenUnited StatesUSA31 – 30PolandPOL


Date16 August 2008 — 12:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
Match #116 Aug 12:00Piste YellowRussian FederationRUS22 – 21ItalyITA
Match #216 Aug 12:00Piste BlueUnited StatesUSA35 – 33HungaryHUN

Classification Round 5-8

Date16 August 2008 — 10:30
Match #116 Aug 10:30Piste BluePeople's Republic of ChinaCHN45 – 24EgyptEGY
Match #216 Aug 10:30Piste YellowGermanyGER32 – 27PolandPOL

Final Round

Date16 August 2008
Match 1/216 Aug 19:30Piste FinalRussian FederationRUS28 – 11United StatesUSA
Match 3/416 Aug 18:00Piste FinalItalyITA32 – 23HungaryHUN
Match 5/616 Aug 13:30Piste YellowGermanyGER34 – 28People's Republic of ChinaCHN
Match 7/816 Aug 13:30Piste BluePolandPOL45 – 14EgyptEGY