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Foil, Team, Women

Date 5 August 2012
LocationNorth Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, 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 (5 August 2012 — 9:00)

Winner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.

Match #1 ITA bye
Match #2 GBR 45 – 34EGY
Match #3 POL bye
Match #4 FRA bye
Match #5 KOR bye
Match #6 USA bye
Match #7 JPN bye
Match #8 RUS bye

Quarter-Finals (5 August 2012 — 10:30)

Winner of each match advanced to semi-finals.

Match #1 ITA 42 – 14GBR
Match #2 FRA 42 – 31POL
Match #3 KOR 45 – 31USA
Match #4 RUS 45 – 17JPN

Classification Round (5 August 2012 — 12:00)

Match #1 POL 43 – 20GBR
Match #2 USA 44 – 22JPN

Semi-Finals (5 August 2012 — 13:30)

Winner of each match advanced to final round.

Match #1 ITA 45 – 22FRA
Match #2 RUS 44 – 32KOR

Final Round (5 August 2012 — 15:00)

Match 1/2 ITA 45 – 31RUS
Match 3/4 KOR 45 – 32FRA
Match 5/6 POL 45 – 39USA
Match 7/8 JPN 30 – 21GBR