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Ukraine fencer wins women's epee gold following Korea controversy

07-31-2012 06:06 BJT Special Report:2012 London Olympic Games |

LONDON, July 30 (Xinhua) -- Unheralded Yana Shemyakina of Ukraine pulled off a shock win over the defending champion Britta Heidemann of German in the final of women's epee competition, which was delayed for about an hour by Korea's appeal over referee's ruling on Monday.

Unheralded Yana Shemyakina of Ukraine pulled off a shock win over the
defending champion Britta Heidemann of German in the final of women's
epee competition, which was delayed for about an hour by Korea's appeal
over referee's ruling on Monday.

Shemyakina beat Heidemann 9-8 to win the gold. Top-ranked Sun Yujie of China won the bronze after she chalked up a 15-10 win over Korea fencer Shin A Lam, who stayed on the piste for an hour while the Korean officials were complaining that the referee favored her opponent Heidmann in their semi-finals.

"I think the European fencers here enjoyed some advantage," Shin said when being asked if she thought the referee favored the German fencer.

"I think the referee gave her more time to finish her last attack," she said.

The controversy came when Heidmann snatched a last deadly attack in the last second to inflict a overtime sudden death on the Korean fencer after the regular score tied at 5 all.

The referee ruled that the German fencer's attack was valid, then Shim Jae Sung, the coach of Shin, and the Korean team protested vehemently. The weeping Korean fencer refused to leave the piste.

After almost one hour's delay, the jury upheld the referee's ruling, to the disappointment of the Shim.

"Every referee said that he understood our position, yet they have not done anything," he said.

"It was one second left and she (Heidmann) made three moves. The clock was set back to one second when it was already on zero," he said.

His German counterpart Manfred Kaspar thought otherwise.

"The argument was all about one second, the hit will be registered as long as the time is running. We need to be able to rely on the equipment," he said.

Editor:James |Source: Xinhua

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