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Women's Foil, Individual

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Olympic Green Convention Center, Beijing
Date Started: August 11, 2008
Date Finished: August 11, 2008
Format: Single-elimination tournament.

Gold: ITA Valentina Vezzali
Silver: KOR Nam Hyeon-Hui
Bronze: ITA Margherita Granbassi


The total domination of the event by Italian fencers had continued unabated since the 2004 Games.

Italians had won all 3 World Championship titles and 7 of the 12 available medals since then and a medal sweep at Beijing seemed not merely possible but highly probable.

So it was no great surprise when the Italian trio of two-time defending champion [Valentina Vezzali], Atlanta champion [Giovanna Trillini] and former World Champion [Margherita Granbassi] breezed past their opposition and into the semi-finals. The one spanner in the works was the presence of Korean [Nam Hyeon-Hui] who was ranked 3rd in the world.

Vezzali duly booked her place in the final with a win over Granbassi but the dream of an all-Italian final ended when Nam defeated the veteran Trillini.

The final was a cautious low scoring affair with Vezzali’s early lead being pegged back by the Korean.

With 40 seconds to go Nam took the lead for the first time but the Italian levelled and, with four seconds remaining, scored the decisive score to ensure she won her third successive Olympic title. Granbassi defeated Trillini for the bronze medal. Vezzali would win a fifth successive Olympic medal in this event when she took bronze in 2012.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Valentina Vezzali 34 Italy ITA Gold
2 Nam Hyeon-Hui 26 South Korea KOR Silver
3 Margherita Granbassi 28 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Giovanna Trillini 38 Italy ITA
5 Edina Knapek 30 Hungary HUN
6 Yevgeniya Lamonova 24 Russia RUS
7 Chieko Sugawara 31 Japan JPN
8 Katja Wächter 26 Germany GER
9 Carolin Golubytskyi 22 Germany GER
10 Aida Mohamed 32 Hungary HUN
11 Corinne Maîtrejean 28 France FRA
12 Gabriella Varga 26 Hungary HUN
13 Zhang Lei 29 China CHN
14 Aida Shanayeva 22 Russia RUS
15 Viktoriya Nikishina 23 Russia RUS
16 Su Wanwen 25 China CHN
17 Emily Cross 21 United States USA
18 Cristina Stahl 30 Romania ROU
19 Delila Hatuel 27 Israel ISR
20 Sylwia Gruchała 26 Poland POL
21 Małgorzata Wojtkowiak 26 Poland POL
22 Mariana González 28 Venezuela VEN
23 Anja Schache 31 Germany GER
24 Jeong Gil-Ok 27 South Korea KOR
25 Sun Chao 25 China CHN
26 Erinn Smart 28 United States USA
27 Hanna Thompson 24 United States USA
28 Indra Angad-Gaur 34 Netherlands NED
29 Magdalena Mroczkiewicz 28 Poland POL
30 Misleydis Compañy 26 Cuba CUB
31 Iman Shaban 19 Egypt EGY
32 Jujie Luan 50 Canada CAN
33 Inès Boubakri 19 Tunisia TUN
34 Shaimaa El-Gammal 28 Egypt EGY
35 Jo Halls 34 Australia AUS
36 Olha Leleiko 31 Ukraine UKR
37 Eman El-Gammal 26 Egypt EGY
38 Anissa Khelfaoui 16 Algeria ALG
39 Martina Emanuel 22 Great Britain GBR
40 Débora Nogueira 22 Portugal POR
41 María Doig 16 Peru PER