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Fencing at the 2004 Athina Summer Games:

Women's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Fencing Hall, Helleniko Olympic Complex, Hellinikon
Date Started: August 18, 2004
Date Finished: August 18, 2004
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: ITA Valentina Vezzali
Silver: ITA Giovanna Trillini
Bronze: POL Sylwia Gruchała

Summary

Italy’s [Valentina Vezzali] had made her reputation as the finest female foil fencer of her generation.

By the age of 30 she had both won and lost an individual Olympic final and was a two-time team gold medallist. She had also won seven World Championship gold medals and was a seven-time winner of the World Cup series. It came as no surprise when Vezzali and her friend and teammate [Giovanna Trillini] advanced to the final and only once, when Trillini defeated world silver medallist [Sylwia Gruchała] in the semi-final, was either of them put under pressure. Trillini took an early lead as the pair made a cautious start to the final before Vezzali recovered to draw level and finally pull away in the last third of the bout. Vezzali would return to defend her title again in 2008 then join a rare collection of Olympians who have won a medal in the same event at five successive celebrations when she won bronze in London.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Valentina Vezzali 30 Italy ITA Gold
2 Giovanna Trillini 34 Italy ITA Silver
3 Sylwia Gruchała 22 Poland POL Bronze
4 Aida Mohamed 28 Hungary HUN
5 Laura Cârlescu-Badea 34 Romania ROU
6 Gabriella Varga 22 Hungary HUN
7 Adeline Wuillème 28 France FRA
8 Nam Hyeon-Hui 22 South Korea KOR
9 Roxana Scarlat 29 Romania ROU
10 Margherita Granbassi 24 Italy ITA
11 Svetlana Boyko 32 Russia RUS
12 Yekaterina Yusheva 31 Russia RUS
13 Meng Jie 28 China CHN
14 Simone Bauer 30 Germany GER
15 Chieko Sugawara 27 Japan JPN
16 Mariana González 24 Venezuela VEN
17 Erinn Smart 24 United States USA
18 Alejandra Carbone 28 Argentina ARG
19 Ayelet Ohayon 29 Israel ISR
20 Maju Herklotz 28 Brazil BRA
21 Wassila Rédouane-Saïd-Guerni 23 Algeria ALG
22 Maria Rentoumi 22 Greece GRE
23 Shaimaa El-Gammal 24 Egypt EGY
24 Vita Silchenko 37 Belarus BLR
25 Chan Ying Man 21 Hong Kong HKG