| Event type

Foil, Individual, Women

Date28 July 2012
LocationNorth Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, 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.

1Elisa Di FranciscaITA3Gold
2Arianna ErrigoITA4Silver
3Valentina VezzaliITA1Bronze
4Nam Hyeon-HuiKOR2
5Lee KieferUSA5
6Inès BoubakriTUN10
7Chieko SugawaraJPN25
8Kanae IkehataJPN36
9Corinne MaîtrejeanFRA6
10Astrid GuyartFRA7
11Kamilla GafurzyanovaRUS14
12Carolin GolubytskyiGER15
13Aida MohamedHUN16
14Chen JinyanCHN17
15Jeong Gil-OkKOR24
16Ysaora ThibusFRA30
17Sylwia GruchałaPOL9
18Inna DeriglazovaRUS11
19Aida ShanayevaRUS12
20Jeon Hui-SukKOR13
21Małgorzata WojtkowiakPOL18
22Nzingha PrescodUSA19
23Martyna SynoradzkaPOL21
24Saskia van ErvenCOL23
25Nicole RossUSA26
26Iman ShabanEGY37
27Natalia SheppardGBR42
28Monica PetersonCAN43
29Olha LeleikoUKR52
30Shiho NishiokaJPN71
31Johana FuenmayorVEN75
32Mona ShaitoLBN76
33Shaimaa El-GammalEGY45
34Eman El-GammalEGY48
35Lin Po HeungHKG57
36Anissa KhelfaouiALG59
37Sophie TroianoGBR100
38Anna BentleyGBR165

Round One (28 July 2012 — 10:30)

Winner of each match advanced to round two.

Bout #1 Nam Hyeon-HuiKOR bye
Bout #2 Olha LeleikoUKR 15 – 4Anissa KhelfaouiALG
Bout #3 Nzingha PrescodUSA bye
Bout #4 Aida MohamedHUN bye
Bout #5 Inna DeriglazovaRUS bye
Bout #6 Ysaora ThibusFRA bye
Bout #7 Kanae IkehataJPN bye
Bout #8 Sylwia GruchałaPOL bye
Bout #9 Corinne MaîtrejeanFRA bye
Bout #10 Natalia SheppardGBR 12 – 9Sophie TroianoGBR
Bout #11 Chieko SugawaraJPN bye
Bout #12 Jeon Hui-SukKOR bye
Bout #13 Carolin GolubytskyiGER bye
Bout #14 Saskia van ErvenCOL bye
Bout #15 Mona ShaitoLBN 7 – 6Shaimaa El-GammalEGY
Bout #16 Elisa Di FranciscaITA bye
Bout #17 Arianna ErrigoITA bye
Bout #18 Johana FuenmayorVEN 15 – 9Eman El-GammalEGY
Bout #19 Martyna SynoradzkaPOL bye
Bout #20 Kamilla GafurzyanovaRUS bye
Bout #21 Aida ShanayevaRUS bye
Bout #22 Jeong Gil-OkKOR bye
Bout #23 Monica PetersonCAN 10 – 9Anna BentleyGBR
Bout #24 Lee KieferUSA bye
Bout #25 Astrid GuyartFRA bye
Bout #26 Iman ShabanEGY bye
Bout #27 Nicole RossUSA bye
Bout #28 Inès BoubakriTUN bye
Bout #29 Chen JinyanCHN bye
Bout #30 Małgorzata WojtkowiakPOL bye
Bout #31 Shiho NishiokaJPN 13 – 10Lin Po HeungHKG
Bout #32 Valentina VezzaliITA bye

Round Two (28 July 2012 — 11:50)

Winner of each match advanced to round three.

Bout #1 Nam Hyeon-HuiKOR 15 – 9Olha LeleikoUKR
Bout #2 Aida MohamedHUN 15 – 10Nzingha PrescodUSA
Bout #3 Ysaora ThibusFRA 15 – 8Inna DeriglazovaRUS
Bout #4 Kanae IkehataJPN 9 – 8Sylwia GruchałaPOL
Bout #5 Corinne MaîtrejeanFRA 15 – 5Natalia SheppardGBR
Bout #6 Chieko SugawaraJPN 15 – 13Jeon Hui-SukKOR
Bout #7 Carolin GolubytskyiGER 14 – 9Saskia van ErvenCOL
Bout #8 Elisa Di FranciscaITA 15 – 2Mona ShaitoLBN
Bout #9 Arianna ErrigoITA 15 – 4Johana FuenmayorVEN
Bout #10 Kamilla GafurzyanovaRUS 15 – 8Martyna SynoradzkaPOL
Bout #11 Jeong Gil-OkKOR 15 – 14Aida ShanayevaRUS
Bout #12 Lee KieferUSA 15 – 10Monica PetersonCAN
Bout #13 Astrid GuyartFRA 15 – 2Iman ShabanEGY
Bout #14 Inès BoubakriTUN 15 – 8Nicole RossUSA
Bout #15 Chen JinyanCHN 15 – 8Małgorzata WojtkowiakPOL
Bout #16 Valentina VezzaliITA 14 – 8Shiho NishiokaJPN

Round Three (28 July 2012 — 14:10)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Bout #1 Nam Hyeon-HuiKOR 8 – 7Aida MohamedHUN
Bout #2 Kanae IkehataJPN 15 – 11Ysaora ThibusFRA
Bout #3 Chieko SugawaraJPN 15 – 9Corinne MaîtrejeanFRA
Bout #4 Elisa Di FranciscaITA 15 – 9Carolin GolubytskyiGER
Bout #5 Arianna ErrigoITA 15 – 7Kamilla GafurzyanovaRUS
Bout #6 Lee KieferUSA 15 – 13Jeong Gil-OkKOR
Bout #7 Inès BoubakriTUN 15 – 10Astrid GuyartFRA
Bout #8 Valentina VezzaliITA 15 – 6Chen JinyanCHN

Quarter-Finals (28 July 2012 — 15:30)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Bout #1 Nam Hyeon-HuiKOR 15 – 6Kanae IkehataJPN
Bout #2 Elisa Di FranciscaITA 15 – 9Chieko SugawaraJPN
Bout #3 Arianna ErrigoITA 15 – 10Lee KieferUSA
Bout #4 Valentina VezzaliITA 8 – 7Inès BoubakriTUN

Semi-Finals (28 July 2012 — 18:00)

Winner of each match advanced to final round.

Bout #1 Elisa Di FranciscaITA 11 – 10Nam Hyeon-HuiKOR
Bout #2 Arianna ErrigoITA 15 – 12Valentina VezzaliITA

Final Round (28 July 2012 — 19:10)

Bout 1/2 Elisa Di FranciscaITA 12 – 11Arianna ErrigoITA
Bout 3/4 Valentina VezzaliITA 13 – 12Nam Hyeon-HuiKOR