Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Carioca Arena 3, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 6, 2016
Date Finished: August 6, 2016
Format: Single-elimination tournament.
The womenâs Ã©pÃ©e was one of the fencing events in Rio without any clear favorite, as no athlete had won more than one World Cup or Grand Prix event throughout the season. None of the top three seeded fencers; [Sarra Besbes] from Tunisia, [Xu Anqi] from PRC and [Tatyana Logunova] from Russia, reached the semi-finals. Besbes, eight times gold medalist at the African Championships, and bronze medalist at the 2015 World Championships, did at least advance to the quarter-finals, but Xu and Ã©pÃ©e legend Logunova both lost their first bouts. London 2012 gold medalist [Yana Shemiakina] from Ukraine also failed to make the quarter-final.
The four semi-finalists comprised Italyâs [Rossella Fiamingo], [Lauren Rembi] from France, [Sun Yiwen] from PR China and [Emese SzÃ¡sz] from Hungary. The 33-year-old from Budapest had never won a title at the Olympics, World or European Championships before. She enjoyed her most successful seasons in 2010 and 2011 when she won the World Cup series in both years. In the semi-final in Rio SzÃ¡sz defeated Rembi with a score of 10â6. In the second semi-final Fiamingo stopped Sun Yiwenâs advance with a narrow 12â11 victory. The gold medal bout was also close. The Italian started as the dominant fencer, but couldnât shake off SzÃ¡sz, who always stayed in touch. The Hungarian came from behind, trailing 12â11 at the start of the final three minutes. Subsequently, she scored four points against only one by Fiamingo to secure her victory by 15â13. Chinaâs Sun defeated Rembi to win the bronze medal by another narrow 15â13 scoreline.
|7||Choi In-Jeong||26||South Korea||KOR||21|
|9||Ana Maria BrÃ¢nzÄ-Popescu||31||Romania||ROU||5|
|11||Vivian Kong||22||Hong Kong||HKG||13|
|14||Kang Young-Mi||31||South Korea||KOR||22|
|20||Sin A-Lam||29||South Korea||KOR||10|
|23||Courtney Hurley||25||United States||USA||14|
|24||Kelley Hurley||28||United States||USA||15|
|25||Katharine Holmes||23||United States||USA||17|
|28||Gbahi Gwladys Sakoa||23||Cote d'Ivoire||CIV||25|
|37||Nguyá» n Thá» NhÆ° Hoa||30||Vietnam||VIE||37|