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Foil, Individual, Women

Date28 July 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants38 from 20 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The runaway success of Italian women’s foil fencing came to a sudden stop when no Italian reached the final at the 2009 World Championships but this was a merely a stone in the road and the next two championships reverted to type with Italian victories through Elisa Di Francisca in 2010 and living legend Valentina Vezzali in 2011.

All eyes were on Vezzali at London where she would attempt to win an unprecedented fourth successive Olympic title in the event. She was even chosen to carry the Italian flag at the Opening Ceremony. The women’s foil proved a lot more predictable than the male equivalent and the semi-final line-up of three Italians and the Italian based Nam Hyeon-Hui of Korea exactly matched most of the predictions made before the Games.

The first semi-final matched Di Francisca and Nam and set the trend for the final matches of the tournament. The Italian was four points down with a minute to go but forced a tie in the dying seconds of the bout then won the sudden death decider. The second bout saw the dreams of Vezzali becoming a four time winner of the gold medal in foil end at the hands of her younger team mate Arianna Errigo by 15-12.

For most of the final it seemed that Errigo would defeat her more experienced compatriot Di Francisca. With 45 seconds left on the clock Di Francisca needed to cancel a deficit of three points to remain in the gold medal hunt and that is exactly what she did by making three lightning fast hits to ensure the bout went to extra time. Di Francisca gambled on a swift attack at the sudden death phase and hit the golden jackpot within a second of the start of the extra period.

The bronze medal contest between Vezzali and Nam was nearly a carbon copy of the final but with the twist that the Italian veteran recovered from a slightly greater margin (four points) in a smaller period of time (18 seconds) to force extra time. A well timed counter attack from Vezzali then ensured that she took bronze and that Italy would make a sweep of the medals. This was the first Italy had swept the podium in any Olympic event since 1956. Although Vezzali failed to become the first fencer to win four successive titles in any individual event she did win a record fifth successive medal in the discipline.

PosSeedCompetitorNOC
14Elisa Di FranciscaITAGold
23Arianna ErrigoITASilver
32Valentina VezzaliITABronze
41Nam Hyeon-HuiKOR
=525Kanae IkehataJPN
=521Chieko SugawaraJPN
=56Lee KieferUSA
=510Inès BoubakriTUN
=916Aida MohamedHUN
=924Ysaora ThibusFRA
=95Corinne MaîtrejeanFRA
=913Carolin GolubytskyiGER
=914Kamilla GafurzyanovaRUS
=922Jeong Gil-OkKOR
=97Astrid GuyartFRA
=915Chen JinyanCHN
=1732Olha LeleikoUKR
=1717Nzingha PrescodUSA
=179Inna DeriglazovaRUS
=178Sylwia GruchałaPOL
=1728Natalia SheppardGBR
=1712Jeon Hui-SukKOR
=1720Saskia van ErvenCOL
=1736Mona ShaitoLBN
=1735Johana FuenmayorVEN
=1719Martyna SynoradzkaPOL
=1711Aida ShanayevaRUS
=1727Monica PetersonCAN
=1726Iman ShabanEGY
=1723Nicole RossUSA
=1718Małgorzata WojtkowiakPOL
=1734Shiho NishiokaJPN
=3333Anissa KhelfaouiALG
=3337Sophie TroianoGBR
=3329Shaimaa El-GammalEGY
=3330Eman El-GammalEGY
=3338Anna BentleyGBR
=3331Lin Po HeungHKG

Round One

Date28 July 2012 — 10:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round two.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #128 JulNam Hyeon-Hui (1)KORbye
Bout #228 Jul 10:30Olha Leleiko (32)UKR15 – 4Anissa Khelfaoui (33)ALG
Bout #328 JulNzingha Prescod (17)USAbye
Bout #428 JulAida Mohamed (16)HUNbye
Bout #528 JulInna Deriglazova (9)RUSbye
Bout #628 JulYsaora Thibus (24)FRAbye
Bout #728 JulKanae Ikehata (25)JPNbye
Bout #828 JulSylwia Gruchała (8)POLbye
Bout #928 JulCorinne Maîtrejean (5)FRAbye
Bout #1028 Jul 10:30Natalia Sheppard (28)GBR12 – 9Sophie Troiano (37)GBR
Bout #1128 JulChieko Sugawara (21)JPNbye
Bout #1228 JulJeon Hui-Suk (12)KORbye
Bout #1328 JulCarolin Golubytskyi (13)GERbye
Bout #1428 JulSaskia van Erven (20)COLbye
Bout #1528 Jul 11:00Mona Shaito (36)LBN7 – 6Shaimaa El-Gammal (29)EGY
Bout #1628 JulElisa Di Francisca (4)ITAbye
Bout #1728 JulArianna Errigo (3)ITAbye
Bout #1828 Jul 10:30Johana Fuenmayor (35)VEN15 – 9Eman El-Gammal (30)EGY
Bout #1928 JulMartyna Synoradzka (19)POLbye
Bout #2028 JulKamilla Gafurzyanova (14)RUSbye
Bout #2128 JulAida Shanayeva (11)RUSbye
Bout #2228 JulJeong Gil-Ok (22)KORbye
Bout #2328 Jul 11:00Monica Peterson (27)CAN10 – 9Anna Bentley (38)GBR
Bout #2428 JulLee Kiefer (6)USAbye
Bout #2528 JulAstrid Guyart (7)FRAbye
Bout #2628 JulIman Shaban (26)EGYbye
Bout #2728 JulNicole Ross (23)USAbye
Bout #2828 JulInès Boubakri (10)TUNbye
Bout #2928 JulChen Jinyan (15)CHNbye
Bout #3028 JulMałgorzata Wojtkowiak (18)POLbye
Bout #3128 Jul 10:30Shiho Nishioka (34)JPN13 – 10Lin Po Heung (31)HKG
Bout #3228 JulValentina Vezzali (2)ITAbye

Round Two

Date28 July 2012 — 11:50
FormatWinner of each match advanced to round three.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #128 Jul 11:50Nam Hyeon-Hui (1)KOR15 – 9Olha Leleiko (32)UKR
Bout #228 Jul 12:20Aida Mohamed (16)HUN15 – 10Nzingha Prescod (17)USA
Bout #328 Jul 12:50Ysaora Thibus (24)FRA15 – 8Inna Deriglazova (9)RUS
Bout #428 Jul 13:20Kanae Ikehata (25)JPN9 – 8Sylwia Gruchała (8)POL
Bout #528 Jul 11:50Corinne Maîtrejean (5)FRA15 – 5Natalia Sheppard (28)GBR
Bout #628 Jul 12:20Chieko Sugawara (21)JPN15 – 13Jeon Hui-Suk (12)KOR
Bout #728 Jul 12:50Carolin Golubytskyi (13)GER14 – 9Saskia van Erven (20)COL
Bout #828 Jul 13:20Elisa Di Francisca (4)ITA15 – 2Mona Shaito (36)LBN
Bout #928 Jul 11:50Arianna Errigo (3)ITA15 – 4Johana Fuenmayor (35)VEN
Bout #1028 Jul 12:20Kamilla Gafurzyanova (14)RUS15 – 8Martyna Synoradzka (19)POL
Bout #1128 Jul 12:50Jeong Gil-Ok (22)KOR15 – 14Aida Shanayeva (11)RUS
Bout #1228 Jul 13:20Lee Kiefer (6)USA15 – 10Monica Peterson (27)CAN
Bout #1328 Jul 11:50Astrid Guyart (7)FRA15 – 2Iman Shaban (26)EGY
Bout #1428 Jul 12:20Inès Boubakri (10)TUN15 – 8Nicole Ross (23)USA
Bout #1528 Jul 12:50Chen Jinyan (15)CHN15 – 8Małgorzata Wojtkowiak (18)POL
Bout #1628 Jul 13:20Valentina Vezzali (2)ITA14 – 8Shiho Nishioka (34)JPN

Round Three

Date28 July 2012 — 14:10
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #128 Jul 14:10Nam Hyeon-Hui (1)KOR8 – 7Aida Mohamed (16)HUN
Bout #228 Jul 14:40Kanae Ikehata (25)JPN15 – 11Ysaora Thibus (24)FRA
Bout #328 Jul 14:10Chieko Sugawara (21)JPN15 – 9Corinne Maîtrejean (5)FRA
Bout #428 Jul 14:40Elisa Di Francisca (4)ITA15 – 9Carolin Golubytskyi (13)GER
Bout #528 Jul 14:10Arianna Errigo (3)ITA15 – 7Kamilla Gafurzyanova (14)RUS
Bout #628 Jul 14:40Lee Kiefer (6)USA15 – 13Jeong Gil-Ok (22)KOR
Bout #728 Jul 14:10Inès Boubakri (10)TUN15 – 10Astrid Guyart (7)FRA
Bout #828 Jul 14:40Valentina Vezzali (2)ITA15 – 6Chen Jinyan (15)CHN

Quarter-Finals

Date28 July 2012 — 15:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #128 Jul 15:30Nam Hyeon-Hui (1)KOR15 – 6Kanae Ikehata (25)JPN
Bout #228 Jul 15:30Elisa Di Francisca (4)ITA15 – 9Chieko Sugawara (21)JPN
Bout #328 Jul 15:30Arianna Errigo (3)ITA15 – 10Lee Kiefer (6)USA
Bout #428 Jul 15:30Valentina Vezzali (2)ITA8 – 7Inès Boubakri (10)TUN

Semi-Finals

Date28 July 2012 — 18:00
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout #128 Jul 18:00Elisa Di Francisca (4)ITA11 – 10Nam Hyeon-Hui (1)KOR
Bout #228 Jul 18:30Arianna Errigo (3)ITA15 – 12Valentina Vezzali (2)ITA

Final Round

Date28 July 2012 — 19:10
MatchDate/TimeCompetitor (Seed)NOCResultCompetitor (Seed)NOC
Bout 1/228 Jul 19:40Elisa Di Francisca (4)ITA12 – 11Arianna Errigo (3)ITA
Bout 3/428 Jul 19:10Valentina Vezzali (2)ITA13 – 12Nam Hyeon-Hui (1)KOR