| Event type

Épée, Individual, Women

Date13 August 2008
LocationGuojia Huiyi Zhongxin, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants25 from 20 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Britta Heidemann of Germany was the favourite by dint of her position on top of the world rankings and her win at the 2007 World Championships. The greatest hurdle between her and an Olympic title appeared to be a semi-final clash with Li Na, her opponent from the 2007 World final, who this time was fighting in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. Heidemann triumphed in a close fought match against her Chinese opponent then saw off the challenge of Romania’s Ana Brânză to win the Olympic Championships. Heidemann was a fluent speaker of Mandarin after spending time in Beijing on a high school exchange program a decade earlier. A silver medallist in the team event in Athina, she had garnered publicity by posing naked for the German edition of Playboy in 2004. To the disappointment of the Beijing crowd Li Na’s attempt to fill the final place on the podium was thwarted by the veteran Hungarian Ildikó Mincza-Nébald who finally won an Olympic medal 16 years after making her first Olympic appearance in Barcelona.

1Britta HeidemannGERGold
2Ana Maria BrânzăROUSilver
3Ildikó Mincza-NébaldHUNBronze
5Imke DuplitzerGER
6Lyubov ShutovaRUS
7Laura Flessel-ColovicFRA
8Emma SamuelssonSWE
9Sherraine MacKayCAN
10Zhong WeipingCHN
11Hajnalka Kiraly-PicotFRA
12Emese Szász-KovácsHUN
13Sophie LamonSUI
14Jeong Hyo-JeongKOR
15Megumi HaradaJPN
16Jesika JiménezPAN
17Tatyana LogunovaRUS
18Yana ShemiakinaUKR
19Amber ParkinsonAUS
20Kelley HurleyUSA
21María MartínezVEN
22Noam MillsISR
23Yeung Chui LingHKG
24Hadia BentalebALG
25Aya El-SayedEGY

Round One (13 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Bout #1 Jeong Hyo-JeongKOR 15 – 6Kelley HurleyUSA
Bout #2 Emma SamuelssonSWE 15 – 6Tatyana LogunovaRUS
Bout #3 Hajnalka Kiraly-PicotFRA 15 – 7Aya El-SayedEGY
Bout #4 Laura Flessel-ColovicFRA 15 – 8Noam MillsISR
Bout #5 Sophie LamonSUI 15 – 9María MartínezVEN
Bout #6 Jesika JiménezPAN 15 – 13Yana ShemiakinaUKR
Bout #7 Ildikó Mincza-NébaldHUN 15 – 11Yeung Chui LingHKG
Bout #8 Emese Szász-KovácsHUN 15 – 4Hadia BentalebALG
Bout #9 Megumi HaradaJPN 15 – 9Amber ParkinsonAUS

Round Two (13 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Bout #1 Britta HeidemannGER 12 – 5Jeong Hyo-JeongKOR
Bout #2 Emma SamuelssonSWE 15 – 13Hajnalka Kiraly-PicotFRA
Bout #3 Laura Flessel-ColovicFRA 13 – 11Zhong WeipingCHN
Bout #4 Li NaCHN 15 – 10Sophie LamonSUI
Bout #5 Imke DuplitzerGER 15 – 10Jesika JiménezPAN
Bout #6 Ildikó Mincza-NébaldHUN 15 – 13Sherraine MacKayCAN
Bout #7 Lyubov ShutovaRUS 15 – 12Emese Szász-KovácsHUN
Bout #8 Ana Maria BrânzăROU 15 – 11Megumi HaradaJPN

Quarter-Finals (13 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Bout #1 Britta HeidemannGER 15 – 10Emma SamuelssonSWE
Bout #2 Li NaCHN 15 – 10Laura Flessel-ColovicFRA
Bout #3 Ildikó Mincza-NébaldHUN 15 – 11Imke DuplitzerGER
Bout #4 Ana Maria BrânzăROU 15 – 13Lyubov ShutovaRUS

Semi-Finals (13 August 2008)

Winner of each match advanced to final pool.

Bout #1 Britta HeidemannGER 15 – 13Li NaCHN
Bout #2 Ana Maria BrânzăROU 15 – 14Ildikó Mincza-NébaldHUN

Final Pool (13 August 2008)

Bout 1/2 Britta HeidemannGER 15 – 11Ana Maria BrânzăROU
Bout 3/4 Ildikó Mincza-NébaldHUN 15 – 11Li NaCHN