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Women's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Exhibit Hall, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Long Beach, California; Terrace Theater, Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Long Beach, California
Date Started: August 2, 1984
Date Finished: August 3, 1984

Gold: CHN Jujie Luan
Silver: FRG Cornelia Hanisch
Bronze: ITA Dorina Vaccaroni


The two women who qualified for the final of the women’s foil were established stars of the sport though, for different reasons, missed out on the 1980 Games through no fault of their own.

China did not take up the invitation to compete in Moskva so [Luan Jujie] had to wait until the 1981 World Championships to make her mark. She had won a silver medal in 1981 then added bronze in 1983. Her final opponent was [Cornelia Hanisch] of West Germany, the woman who had pipped her for gold in 1981, who would have been a strong medal contender at the 1980 Olympics but for her nation's decision to boycott. Hanisch had eliminated World Champion [Dorina Vaccaroni] to reach the final.

Unfortunately for the German she was not able to repeat her semi-final form against her Chinese opponent and went down to an 8-3 defeat, as Luan Jujie became the first Asian competitor to win an Olympic fencing title. She would compete for China again in 1988 but left her homeland to work mainly as a coach. She did continue to compete and her final Olympic appearance came at the age of 50 in her native country albeit whilst wearing the colours of her adopted nation of Canada, by then using the Western name of Jujie Luan.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jujie Luan 26 China CHN Gold
2 Cornelia Hanisch 32 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Dorina Vaccaroni 20 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Elisabeta Guzganu-Tufan 19 Romania ROU
5 Véronique Brouquier 27 France FRA
6 Laurence Modaine-Cessac 19 France FRA
7 Sabine Bischoff 26 West Germany FRG
8 Brigitte Latrille-Gaudin 27 France FRA
9 Aurora Dan 28 Romania ROU
10 Linda Ann Martin 30 Great Britain GBR
11 Zhu Qingyuan 27 China CHN
12 Kerstin Palm 38 Sweden SWE
13 Li Huahua 21 China CHN
14 Carola Cicconetti 22 Italy ITA
15 Margherita Zalaffi 18 Italy ITA
16 Liz Thurley 25 Great Britain GBR
17 Nili Drori 23 Israel ISR
18 Marcela Moldovan-Zsak 28 Romania ROU
19 Christiane Weber 22 West Germany FRG
20 Debra Waples 30 United States USA
21 O Seung-Sun 21 South Korea KOR
22 Fiona McIntosh 24 Great Britain GBR
23 Vincent Bradford 29 United States USA
24 Madeleine Philion 21 Canada CAN
25 Jacynthe Poirier 22 Canada CAN
26 Lydia Czuckermann-Hatuel 20 Israel ISR
27 Azusa Oikawa 24 Japan JPN
28 Jana Angelakis 22 United States USA
29 Helen Smith 30 Australia AUS
30 Mieko Miyahara 24 Japan JPN
31 Lourdes Lozano 21 Mexico MEX
32 Andrea Chaplin 20 Australia AUS
33 María Alicia Sinigaglia 20 Argentina ARG
34 Gina Faustin 24 Haiti HAI
35 Silvana Giancola 22 Argentina ARG
36 Caroline Mitchell 26 Canada CAN
37 Choi Bok-Ran 23 South Korea KOR
38 Miyuki Maekawa 28 Japan JPN
39 Sheila Viard 24 Haiti HAI
40 Alayna Snell 23 United States Virgin Islands ISV
41 Sandra Giancola 19 Argentina ARG
42 Barbra Higgins Panama PAN