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Foil, Team, Women

Date 5 August 2012
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants36 from 9 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

The women’s team foil had the potential to be amongst the great foregone conclusions of any Olympic event at the London Olympics. The only ray of hope still left after the Italian women had been so dominant in sweeping the podium in the individual event was that they did the same thing at the 2011 World Championships before losing to Russia in the team final that year.

They pretty much demolished their British hosts and then France to set up a rematch with the Russians in the London final. This time there was to be no repeat for Russia and they never got a toehold in the gold medal contest. It was left to 38-year-old veteran Valentina Vezzali to deliver the coup de grace on Russia thereby helping Italy to the Olympic title and herself to a sixth career Olympic gold. She had won a medal in each of the nine Olympic events she contested between 1996 and 2012. The bronze medal was won by South Korea, their first ever in Olympic team fencing.

Vezzali was elected to the Italian Parliament in 2013 as a member of the newly formed centrist Scelta Civica party led by former Prime Minister Mario Monti.

Elisa Di FranciscaArianna ErrigoIlaria SalvatoriValentina Vezzali
2Russian FederationRUSSilver
Kamilla GafurzyanovaInna DeriglazovaLarisa KorobeynikovaAida Shanayeva
3Republic of KoreaKORBronze
Nam Hyeon-HuiJeon Hui-SukOh Ha-NaJeong Gil-Ok
Astrid GuyartCorinne MaîtrejeanYsaora ThibusAnita Blaze
Karolina ChlewińskaSylwia GruchałaMartyna SynoradzkaMałgorzata Wojtkowiak
6United StatesUSA
Lee KieferNicole RossDoris WilletteNzingha Prescod
Chieko SugawaraKanae IkehataShiho NishiokaKyomi Hirata
8Great BritainGBR
Anna BentleyMartina EmanuelNatalia SheppardSophie Troiano
Shaimaa El-GammalEman El-GammalIman ShabanRana El-Husseiny

Round One

Date5 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeLocationCompetitors (Seed)NOCResultCompetitors (Seed)NOC
Match #105 AugItaly (1)ITAbye
Match #205 Aug 9:00Piste BlueGreat Britain (8)GBR45 – 34Egypt (9)EGY
Match #305 AugPoland (5)POLbye
Match #405 AugFrance (4)FRAbye
Match #505 AugRepublic of Korea (3)KORbye
Match #605 AugUnited States (6)USAbye
Match #705 AugJapan (7)JPNbye
Match #805 AugRussian Federation (2)RUSbye


Date5 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to semi-finals.
Match #105 Aug 10:30Piste BlueItalyITA42 – 14Great BritainGBR
Match #205 Aug 10:30Piste YellowFranceFRA42 – 31PolandPOL
Match #305 Aug 10:30Piste GreenRepublic of KoreaKOR45 – 31United StatesUSA
Match #405 Aug 10:30Piste RedRussian FederationRUS45 – 17JapanJPN


Date5 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
Match #105 Aug 13:30Piste BlueItalyITA45 – 22FranceFRA
Match #205 Aug 13:30Piste GreenRussian FederationRUS44 – 32Republic of KoreaKOR

Classification Round 5-8

Date5 August 2012
Match #105 Aug 12:00Piste BluePolandPOL43 – 20Great BritainGBR
Match #205 Aug 12:00Piste GreenUnited StatesUSA44 – 22JapanJPN

Final Round

Date5 August 2012
Match 1/205 Aug 19:15Piste FinalItalyITA45 – 31Russian FederationRUS
Match 3/405 Aug 18:00Piste FinalRepublic of KoreaKOR45 – 32FranceFRA
Match 5/605 Aug 15:00Piste BluePolandPOL45 – 39United StatesUSA
Match 7/805 Aug 15:00Piste GreenJapanJPN30 – 21Great BritainGBR