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Épée, Team, Women

Date 5 August 2012
StatusOlympic
LocationExCeL, Newham, London
Participants31 from 8 countries
FormatSingle-elimination tournament.

Romania, as World Champions in both 2010 and 2011, were top seeds for the Olympic tournament so it came as a major shock when they were put out by Korea, the lowest ranked team at London, in the opening match of the event. Korea then claimed victory against the USA in the semi-final to give them an unlikely shot at the Olympic title.

The other half of the draw was more predictable although the defeat of #2 seeds Russia by #3 seeds China would have been considered a minor upset if the recent form of both nations fencers were not taken into consideration.

The final saw Sun Yujie make up for the disappointment of failing to win the individual gold by anchoring China to victory by 39 points to 25. This was the first time an Asian nation had won an Olympic team title in fencing although, as South Korea were to win the men’s sabre title within the hour, its status as a unique feat in Olympic history would not last for long. The bronze medal match between the USA and Russia was a much closer affair which was decided only when Courtney Hurley scored the winning hit in the sudden death extra minute.

PosCompetitorsNOC
1People's Republic of ChinaCHNGold
Luo XiaojuanXu AnqiSun YujieLi Na
2Republic of KoreaKORSilver
Sin A-RamChoi In-JeongChoi Eun-SukJeong Hyo-Jeong
3United StatesUSABronze
Kelley HurleyMaya LawrenceSusie ScanlanCourtney Hurley
4Russian FederationRUS
Violetta KolobovaTatyana LogunovaAnna SivkovaLyubov Shutova
5GermanyGER
Imke DuplitzerBritta HeidemannMonika Sozanska
6RomaniaROU
Ana Maria BrânzăLoredana DinuSimona GhermanAnca Măroiu
7ItalyITA
Bianca Del CarrettoRossella FiamingoMara NavarriaNathalie Moellhausen
8UkraineUKR
Yana ShemiakinaAnfisa PochkalovaOlena KryvytskaKseniya Panteleieva

Round One

Date5 August 2012 — 10:30
FormatWinner of each match advanced to quarter-finals.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #105 Aug 10:30Republic of KoreaKOR45 – 38RomaniaROU
Match #205 Aug 10:30United StatesUSA45 – 35ItalyITA
Match #305 Aug 10:30People's Republic of ChinaCHN45 – 42GermanyGER
Match #405 Aug 10:30Russian FederationRUS45 – 34UkraineUKR

Semi-Finals

Date5 August 2012
FormatWinner of each match advanced to final pool.
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #105 Aug 13:30Republic of KoreaKOR45 – 36United StatesUSA
Match #205 Aug 13:30People's Republic of ChinaCHN20 – 19Russian FederationRUS

Classification Round 5-8

Date5 August 2012
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match #105 Aug 12:00RomaniaROU45 – 38ItalyITA
Match #205 Aug 12:00GermanyGER45 – 36UkraineUKR

Final Round

Date5 August 2012
MatchDate/TimeCompetitorsNOCResultCompetitorsNOC
Match 1/205 Aug 19:15People's Republic of ChinaCHN39 – 25Republic of KoreaKOR
Match 3/405 Aug 18:00United StatesUSA31 – 30Russian FederationRUS
Match 5/605 Aug 15:00GermanyGER45 – 36RomaniaROU
Match 7/805 Aug 15:00ItalyITA45 – 40UkraineUKR