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August 7th, 2012


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05:45 pm - Oh yeah, the fencing ...
So, there was a bit of fencing at the Olympics - although you wouldn't know it from the Channel 9 coverage.
Medals were awarded for individual men's & women's foil, epee, and sabre, and team events of men's foil, men's sabre, women's epee, and women's foil. (Men's epee and women's sabre had a separate World Championships earlier in the year, it was their turn to not be included in the Games).

So, here are some results from the individual events - top 4 in each comp, plus the British results.
Unfortunately, no Australians qualified for the Olympics this year, so no Australian results to include at all.



Women's foil :
1 DI FRANCISCA Elisa ITA
2 ERRIGO Arianna ITA
3 VEZZALI Valentina ITA
4 NAM Hyun Hee KOR

27 SHEPPARD Natalia GBR
37 TROIANO Sophie GBR
38 BENTLEY Anna GBR


Men's Sabre :
1 SZILAGYI Aron HUN
2 OCCHIUZZI Diego ITA
3 KOVALEV Nikolay RUS
4 DUMITRESCU Rares ROU

36 HONEYBONE James GBR


Women's Epee :
1 SHEMYAKINA Yana UKR
2 HEIDEMANN Britta GER
3 SUN Yujie CHN
4 SHIN A Lam KOR

28 LAWRENCE Corinna GBR


Men's Foil :
1 LEI Sheng CHN
2 ABOUELKASSEM Alaaeldin
3 CHOI Byungchul KOR
4 BALDINI Andrea ITA

17 KRUSE Richard GBR
23 DAVIS James-Andrew GBR
34 ROSOWSKY Husayn GBR


Women's Sabre :
1 KIM Jiyeon KOR
2 VELIKAYA Sofya RUS
3 KHARLAN Olga UK
4 ZAGUNIS Mariel USA

27 WILLIAMS Sophie GBR
29 BOND-WILLIAMS Louise GBR


Men's Epee :
1 LIMARDO GASCON Ruben VEN
2 PIASECKI Bartosz NOR
3 JUNG Jinsun KOR
4 KELSEY Seth USA


Note that the events typically had 30-38 entries - only two British fencers actually won a DE bout, and one of those was between two Brits ! Not a very good outcome, considering the selections were made based on potential to reach "the medal zone" - which they defined as top 8 - rather than the top 3 (maybe 4) that any sensible person would use.

Needless to say, the selections for Britain, and the outcomes, have proved quite controversial in the British fencing community, there's quite a lot of discussion now about how they can restructure to improve results in the future.

In particular, the non-selection of Jon Willis, their best-perfoming men's epeeist from the past few years, caused a lot of controversy. Having watched and competed in epee fencing at all levels, I'd say that there is much more variability in outcomes compared to the other weapons - top seeds are often knocked out in the last 128 or 64, and low seeds regularly pop up and medal or win. Willis might have lost in the first round (oh, just like almost all of the other British entries), but if it had been "his day" (you know, with his home crowd behind him, and British athletes popping up for golds all over the place) he could well have gone on to win.

Now we'll never know, and he's now retired from international competition (as he is no longer funded by British Fencing, and maintaining a world ranking involves a lot of travel and training expenses).



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From:reverancepavane
Date:August 7th, 2012 08:08 am (UTC)
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And what's your opinion of the time-keeping controversy with Shin A-Lam in women's epee? Was the time-keeper really a 15 year old? Does it matter, as it's the referee who is the arbiter at the time of the bout?

Just curious for an informed opinion.

Edited at 2012-08-07 08:09 am (UTC)
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From:pteppic
Date:August 7th, 2012 03:25 pm (UTC)
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Part 1: No. All timekeepers were gamesmakers, and therefore over 18.
There was a young games-maker present (U18), but they were not responsible for timekeeping.

If you're remotely interested (apologies for hijacking your post David), I'll be posting a breakdown of what happened and why in my own LJ/DW in a few days.
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From:mingmerciless
Date:August 7th, 2012 12:17 pm (UTC)
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I was lucky enough to get tickets for the men's individual epee/women's individual sabre preliminaries and men's team foil finals but must say I was reasonably impressed by the BBC's online streaming and Sky multichannel coverage although it was annoying that they would sometimes just show a darkened piste while you could hear something else was happening elsewhere while they took a break from commentary!

Favourite single bout had to be Leung Ka Ming (ranked 281) versus Paolo Pizzo (ranked 1), with Leung taking Pizzo all the way to 15-14!

So, did Channel 9 edit out the 7/7 tribute like NBC did? ;-)
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From:pteppic
Date:August 7th, 2012 03:29 pm (UTC)
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I can understand the reasons for not taking Willis - *however* I think it was a big mistake. Epee does mix things up, as was shown with the Norwegian and Venezuelan. And Willis would have been the only men's competitor to ride that crowd.

He's not been a funded athlete for a while. His family and supporters have supported him for the past year and a bit. BF /really/ screwed him over. A big mistake to make.

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