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Women's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Fencing Gymnasium, Olympic Park, Seoul
Date Started: September 21, 1988
Date Finished: September 22, 1988

Gold: FRG Anja Fichtel-Mauritz
Silver: FRG Sabine Bau
Bronze: FRG Zita Funkenhauser


West Germany had shown a considerable depth of talent since the 1984 Olympics and had taken 5 of the 9 available medals at the intervening World Championships – each by a different fencer. It was expected that the West Germans would all be strong medal contenders but the extent of their domination came as a shock. There was little sign of German superiority in the second pool stages as all three had difficulty qualifying but once in the knockout stages they suddenly found their best form. [Anja Fichtel]'s victory over [Zsuzsa Jánosi] of Hungary in the semi-final ensured that the West Germans would take home both gold and silver and with Jánosi losing to [Zita-Eva Funkenhauser] in the bronze medal match the medal sweep was complete. This just left the matter of which German would be crowned Olympic champion. That honour fell to Fichtel who defeated [Sabine Bau] to add Olympic gold to her 1986 World title.

Back in 29th place in the classification was 52 year old [Kerstin Palm] of Sweden making her 7th successive Olympic appearance. Although since beaten, it was a record for any female Olympian at the time.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Anja Fichtel-Mauritz 20 West Germany FRG Gold
2 Sabine Bau 19 West Germany FRG Silver
3 Zita Funkenhauser 22 West Germany FRG Bronze
4 Zsuzsa Jánosi-Németh 24 Hungary HUN
5 Tatyana Sadovskaya 22 Soviet Union URS
6 Gertrúd Stefanek 29 Hungary HUN
7 Sun Hongyun 26 China CHN
8 Yelena Glikina 18 Soviet Union URS
9 Margherita Zalaffi 22 Italy ITA
10 Dorina Vaccaroni 24 Italy ITA
11 Caitlin Bilodeaux 23 United States USA
12 Tak Jeong-Im 21 South Korea KOR
13 Sin Seong-Ja 19 South Korea KOR
14 Olga Voshchakina 27 Soviet Union URS
15 Jolanta Królikowska 28 Poland POL
16 Edit Kovács 34 Hungary HUN
17 Liz Thurley 29 Great Britain GBR
18 Elisabeta Guzganu-Tufan 24 Romania ROU
19 Madeleine Philion 25 Canada CAN
20 Tomoko Oka 23 Japan JPN
21 Reka Lazăr-Szabo 21 Romania ROU
22 Isabelle Spennato 23 France FRA
23 Anna Sobczak 20 Poland POL
24 Fiona McIntosh 28 Great Britain GBR
25 Jujie Luan 30 China CHN
26 Brigitte Latrille-Gaudin 30 France FRA
27 Annapia Gandolfi 24 Italy ITA
28 Linda Ann Martin 34 Great Britain GBR
29 Kerstin Palm 42 Sweden SWE
30 Agnieszka Dubrawska 29 Poland POL
31 Jacynthe Poirier 26 Canada CAN
32 Zhu Qingyuan 31 China CHN
33 Laurence Modaine-Cessac 23 France FRA
34 Thalie Tremblay 21 Canada CAN
35 Sharon Monplaisir 27 United States USA
36 Mary O'Neill 23 United States USA
37 Alessandra Mariéthoz 21 Switzerland SUI
38 Akemi Morikawa 20 Japan JPN
39 Mieko Miyahara 28 Japan JPN
40T Andrea Piros 22 Switzerland SUI
40T Fabiana López 22 Mexico MEX
42 Andrea Chaplin 24 Australia AUS
43 Silvia Koeswandi 29 Indonesia INA
44 Park Eun-Hui 18 South Korea KOR
45 Yung Yim King 29 Hong Kong HKG