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The fencing competition hands out its first Olympic medals, up for grabs, in the women's individual foil event. For every day from July 28 to August 5, medals will be handed out in individual and team events in foil, sabre, and epee.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/schedule-and-results/day=28-july/all-day.html

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Although the finals of women's foil was a bit boring because 3/4 of the semifinalists were Italian, I think the matches were incredible (at least for me, watching fencing events for the very first time). The last seconds of the bronze medal match between the South Korean and the legend Valentina Vezzali was epic and when she won on the extra time we were all shouting!

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Final results of the women's individual foil event for July 28:

- GOLD: Elisa di Francisca (Italy)

- SILVER: Arianna Errigo (Italy)

- BRONZE: Valentina Vezzali (Italy)

The 2012 Summer Olympics first clean sweep of an event!

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/women-foil/match=few001101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/women-foil/match=few001102/index.html

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Medal results for the July 29 men's individual sabre event:

- GOLD: Aron Szilagyi (Hungary)

- SILVER: Diego Occhiuzzi (Italy)

- BRONZE: Nikolay Kovalev (Russia)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/men-sabre/match=fem003101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/men-sabre/match=fem003102/index.html

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finally, some drams.

she was coaxed off by officials, sobbing. and as for her appeal? DENIED

hilarious message to the crowd not to boo the judges shitty decision and faulty time mechanics. makes me never want to buy an omega watch.

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finally, some drams.

she was coaxed off by officials, sobbing. and as for her appeal? DENIED

hilarious message to the crowd not to boo the judges shitty decision and faulty time mechanics. makes me never want to buy an omega watch.

I noticed the crowd ignored that message. Been drama all over tonight - gymnastics, fencing, boxing. ! :blink:

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to understand what happened

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The South Korea fencer Shin Lam was in floods of tears at the ExCeL arena night after arguably the biggest controversy of the Olympics so far.

The 25-year-old thought she was through to the final of the women's epee when, to her horror and that of her coach, Shim Jaesung, the clock was reset from zero to one second.

And when the action resumed the German Britta Heidemann, gold medallist four years ago, scored a do-or-die hit that appeared to have given her a place in the final against Ukraine's Yana Shemyakana.

The Korean coach furiously launched an appeal against the decision that had allowed the fight to continue and it was nearly half an hour before it was announced to the crowd – slow-hand clapping by this stage – that Heidemann's win stood.

Shin broke down in tears for the second time and while her opponent celebrated she remained on the piste.

The crowd was then told she was doing that because a formal appeal was being considered and if she left the field of play it would be deemed an acceptance of defeat.

By then the bronze medal match should have started, but that faced a lengthy delay – as did the final to follow.

Shin needed only to draw the contest in sudden death because she had been given priority – that is, the onus was on Heidemann to score in the extra minute of sudden death.

The crowd could hardly believe their ears just before 7.40pm – nearly an hour after the incident – when they were told part of the rules was that the Koreans had to lodge money for the appeal to be valid.

Still Shin remained on the piste, bringing back memories of fellow Korean Byun Jong-il's sit-down strike during the boxing in Seoul in 1988.

http://www.guardian....protest-olympic

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^South Korean fencer refuses to leave stage after losing fight

South Korea's Shin A Lam has refused to leave the stage after losing her semi-final match against Germany's Britta Heidemann. She has now been waiting for almost an hour after the end of her fight.

Did she refuse to leave the stage, or was she not allowed to leave?

In the meantime, Shin had not been allowed to leave the strip in a packed ExCel venue and sat, in tears, waiting for the decision.

http://sports.yahoo....51090--oly.html

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As one might expect, Shin and her coaches were enraged with the decision, and launched an immediate appeal. Yet the appeal itself has proved to be incredibly lengthy, and also contains a unique bylaw that requires Shin to remain on the piste throughout its duration. Unable to leave the playing surface, Shin bawled uncontrollably for the first 10-15 minutes, often shading her head in a towel while occasionally looking out to the crowd before rubbing her eyes again.

Refuses, schmefuses

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In any case, according to the official medal results, the decisions made stands in the women's individual epee event.

- GOLD: Yana Shemyakina (Ukraine)

- SILVER: Britta Heidemann (Germany)

- BRONZE: SUN Yujie (China)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/women-epee/match=few002101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/women-epee/match=few002102/index.html

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Ooo I didn't knew what had happened, of course I don't blame the athlete... That's a machine mistake... Well she didn't won gold, so it was fair that she didn't won, even though she isn't the one to blame...

What an incident...

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Well, let's hope that it is the last controversy for this sport in these Games. For July 31, Olympic medals are handed out for the men's individual foil event.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/schedule-and-results/day=31-july/all-day.html

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Fencing's world governing body (FIE) have offered South Korean Shin A-lam a special award following her controversial elimination from her Olympic epee semi-final, Korean Olympic Committee President Park Yong-sung said on Tuesday.<br />

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A day after a weeping Shin staged a one-hour protest and had to be physically escorted off the fencing piste following her loss to Britta Heidemann, Park said the FIE recognised there were issues with their timekeeping and apologised to Shin.<br />

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The FIE also praised Shin for competing in the bronze medal match, which she later lost to China's Sun Yujie.<br />

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"I spoke to the FIE today. They never expected this kind of thing to happen in the last second, three attacks. Their timekeeping machine is only in seconds, not points of a second," Park said.<br />

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"Because of this system design they could not handle the situation correctly yesterday, that they admit."<br />

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The row erupted when two double-touches were recorded with a second to go and Shin thought she had triumphed. However, a single second was put back on the clock after some discussion.<br />

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Heidemann then unleashed a blistering surge forward, hitting Shin while also avoiding her blade.<br />

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An FIE statement issued earlier on Tuesday had said the technical director's decision was final.<br />

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Asked whether Shin deserved to be awarded an Olympic medal Park said that was a matter for the International Olympic Committee to consider but the FIE wanted to recognise her sportsmanship and Olympic spirit.<br />

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<a href='http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/31/oly-fenc-fewiep-rounds-day4-protest-idUSL4E8IV6QJ20120731''>http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/31/oly-fenc-fewiep-rounds-day4-protest-idUSL4E8IV6QJ20120731' class='bbc_url' title='External link' rel='nofollow external'>Reuters</a><br />

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Fencing's world governing body (FIE) have offered South Korean Shin A-lam a special award following her controversial elimination from her Olympic epee semi-final, Korean Olympic Committee President Park Yong-sung said on Tuesday.

A day after a weeping Shin staged a one-hour protest and had to be physically escorted off the fencing piste following her loss to Britta Heidemann, Park said the FIE recognised there were issues with their timekeeping and apologised to Shin.

The FIE also praised Shin for competing in the bronze medal match, which she later lost to China's Sun Yujie.

"I spoke to the FIE today. They never expected this kind of thing to happen in the last second, three attacks. Their timekeeping machine is only in seconds, not points of a second," Park said.

"Because of this system design they could not handle the situation correctly yesterday, that they admit."

The row erupted when two double-touches were recorded with a second to go and Shin thought she had triumphed. However, a single second was put back on the clock after some discussion.

Heidemann then unleashed a blistering surge forward, hitting Shin while also avoiding her blade.

An FIE statement issued earlier on Tuesday had said the technical director's decision was final.

Asked whether Shin deserved to be awarded an Olympic medal Park said that was a matter for the International Olympic Committee to consider but the FIE wanted to recognise her sportsmanship and Olympic spirit.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/07/31/oly-fenc-fewiep-rounds-day4-protest-idUSL4E8IV6QJ20120731

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Final medal results for the men's individual foil event for July 31.

- GOLD: LEI Shing (China)

- SILVER: Alaaeldin Abouelkassem (Egypt)

- BRONZE: CHOI Byung-chul (South Korea)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/men-foil/match=fem001101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/men-foil/match=fem001102/index.html

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Today (August 1), two Olympic medal events are on schedule. They are for the men's individual epee and the women's individual sabre events.

Link: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/schedule-and-results/day=1-august/all-day.html

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Final medal results for the following events on August 1.

Men's Individual Epee:

- GOLD: Ruben Limardo Gascon (Venezuela)

- SILVER: Bartosz Piasecki (Norway)

- BRONZE: JUNG Jin-sun (South Korea)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/men-epee/match=fem002101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/men-epee/match=fem002102/index.html

Women's Individual Sabre:

- GOLD: KIM Ji-yeon (South Korea)

- SILVER: Sofya Velikaya (Russia)

- BRONZE: Olga Kharlan (Ukraine)

Link 1: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/women-sabre/match=few003101/index.html

Link 2: http://www.london2012.com/fencing/event/women-sabre/match=few003102/index.html

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