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Women's Épée, Individual

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Convention Center, Beijing
Date Started: August 13, 2008
Date Finished: August 13, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: GER Britta Heidemann
Silver: ROU Ana Brânză
Bronze: HUN Ildikó Mincza-Nébald

Summary

[Britta Heidemann] of Germany was the favourite by dint of her position on top of the world rankings and her win at the 2007 World Championships. The greatest hurdle between her and an Olympic title appeared to be a semi-final clash with [Li Na], her opponent from the 2007 World final, who this time was fighting in front of an enthusiastic home crowd. Heidemann triumphed in a close fought match against her Chinese opponent then saw off the challenge of Romania’s [Ana Brânză] to win the Olympic Championships.

Heidemann was a fluent speaker of Mandarin after spending time in Beijing on a high school exchange program a decade earlier. A silver medallist in the team event in Athina, she had garnered publicity by posing naked for the German edition of Playboy in 2004.

To the disappointment of the Beijing crowd Li Na’s attempt to fill the final place on the podium was thwarted by the veteran Hungarian [Ildikó Mincza-Nébald] who finally won an Olympic medal 16 years after making her first Olympic appearance in Barcelona.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Britta Heidemann 25 Germany GER Gold
2 Ana Brânză 23 Romania ROU Silver
3 Ildikó Mincza-Nébald 38 Hungary HUN Bronze
4 Li Na 27 China CHN
5 Imke Duplitzer 33 Germany GER
6 Lyubov Shutova 25 Russia RUS
7 Laura Flessel-Colovic 36 France FRA
8 Emma Samuelsson 19 Sweden SWE
9 Sherraine Schalm-MacKay 33 Canada CAN
10 Zhong Weiping 26 China CHN
11 Hajnalka Kiraly-Picot 37 France FRA
12 Emese Szász 25 Hungary HUN
13 Sophie Lamon 23 Switzerland SUI
14 Jeong Hyo-Jeong 24 South Korea KOR
15 Megumi Harada 29 Japan JPN
16 Jesika Jiménez 28 Panama PAN
17 Tatyana Logunova 28 Russia RUS
18 Yana Shemiakina 22 Ukraine UKR
19 Amber Parkinson 31 Australia AUS
20 Kelley Hurley 20 United States USA
21 María Martínez 25 Venezuela VEN
22 Noam Mills 22 Israel ISR
23 Yeung Chui Ling 25 Hong Kong HKG
24 Hadia Bentaleb 27 Algeria ALG
25 Aya El-Sayed 19 Egypt EGY