| 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.

11Britta HeidemannGERGold
22Ana Maria BrânzăROUSilver
311Ildikó Mincza-NébaldHUNBronze
43Li NaCHN
54Imke DuplitzerGER
67Lyubov ShutovaRUS
712Laura Flessel-ColovicFRA
823Emma SamuelssonSWE
95Sherraine MacKayCAN
106Zhong WeipingCHN
118Hajnalka Király-PicotFRA
129Emese Szász-KovácsHUN
1314Sophie LamonSUI
1415Jeong Hyo-JeongKOR
1516Megumi HaradaJPN
1619Jesika JiménezPAN
1710Tatyana LogunovaRUS
1813Yana ShemiakinaUKR
1917Amber ParkinsonAUS
2018Kelley HurleyUSA
2120María MartínezVEN
2221Noam MillsISR
2322Yeung Chui LingHKG
2424Hadia BentalebALG
2525Aya El-SayedEGY

Round One

Date13 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #113 AugBritta Heidemann (1)GERbye
Bout #213 Aug 13:30Piste YellowJeong Hyo-Jeong (15)KOR15 – 6Kelley Hurley (18)USA
Bout #313 Aug 14:00Piste YellowEmma Samuelsson (23)SWE15 – 6Tatyana Logunova (10)RUS
Bout #413 Aug 14:00Piste YellowHajnalka Király-Picot (8)FRA15 – 7Aya El-Sayed (25)EGY
Bout #513 AugZhong Weiping (6)CHNbye
Bout #613 Aug 14:00Piste RedLaura Flessel-Colovic (12)FRA15 – 8Noam Mills (21)ISR
Bout #713 Aug 14:00Piste RedSophie Lamon (14)SUI15 – 9María Martínez (20)VEN
Bout #813 AugLi Na (3)CHNbye
Bout #913 AugImke Duplitzer (4)GERbye
Bout #1013 Aug 14:30Piste BlueJesika Jiménez (19)PAN15 – 13Yana Shemiakina (13)UKR
Bout #1113 Aug 14:30Piste BlueIldikó Mincza-Nébald (11)HUN15 – 11Yeung Chui Ling (22)HKG
Bout #1213 AugSherraine MacKay (5)CANbye
Bout #1313 AugLyubov Shutova (7)RUSbye
Bout #1413 Aug 14:30Piste GreenEmese Szász-Kovács (9)HUN15 – 4Hadia Bentaleb (24)ALG
Bout #1513 Aug 14:30Piste GreenMegumi Harada (16)JPN15 – 9Amber Parkinson (17)AUS
Bout #1613 AugAna Maria Brânză (2)ROUbye

Round Two

Date13 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #113 Aug 15:00Piste YellowBritta Heidemann (1)GER12 – 5Jeong Hyo-Jeong (15)KOR
Bout #213 Aug 15:00Piste YellowEmma Samuelsson (23)SWE15 – 13Hajnalka Király-Picot (8)FRA
Bout #313 Aug 15:00Piste RedLaura Flessel-Colovic (12)FRA13 – 11Zhong Weiping (6)CHN
Bout #413 Aug 15:00Piste RedLi Na (3)CHN15 – 10Sophie Lamon (14)SUI
Bout #513 Aug 15:30Piste BlueImke Duplitzer (4)GER15 – 10Jesika Jiménez (19)PAN
Bout #613 Aug 15:30Piste BlueIldikó Mincza-Nébald (11)HUN15 – 13Sherraine MacKay (5)CAN
Bout #713 Aug 15:30Piste GreenLyubov Shutova (7)RUS15 – 12Emese Szász-Kovács (9)HUN
Bout #813 Aug 15:30Piste GreenAna Maria Brânză (2)ROU15 – 11Megumi Harada (16)JPN


Date13 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #113 Aug 16:10Piste YellowBritta Heidemann (1)GER15 – 10Emma Samuelsson (23)SWE
Bout #213 Aug 16:10Piste RedLi Na (3)CHN15 – 10Laura Flessel-Colovic (12)FRA
Bout #313 Aug 16:10Piste BlueIldikó Mincza-Nébald (11)HUN15 – 11Imke Duplitzer (4)GER
Bout #413 Aug 16:10Piste GreenAna Maria Brânză (2)ROU15 – 13Lyubov Shutova (7)RUS


Date13 August 2008
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #113 Aug 19:00Piste FinalBritta Heidemann (1)GER15 – 13Li Na (3)CHN
Bout #213 Aug 19:30Piste FinalAna Maria Brânză (2)ROU15 – 14Ildikó Mincza-Nébald (11)HUN

Final Round

Date13 August 2008
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout 1/213 Aug 21:30Piste FinalBritta Heidemann (1)GER15 – 11Ana Maria Brânză (2)ROU
Bout 3/413 Aug 20:30Piste FinalIldikó Mincza-Nébald (11)HUN15 – 11Li Na (3)CHN