Fencing controversy forces Korean to sit on piste for ages, eventually costs her medal | Fourth-Place Medal – Yahoo! Sports

Fencing controversy forces Korean to sit on piste for ages, eventually costs her medal | Fourth-Place Medal – Yahoo! Sports.

Nader Nazemi-South Korean fencer Shin A Lam waits out the Korean protest of her loss-Nader Nazemi

South Korean fencer Shin A Lam waits out the Korean protest of her loss

This is clearly a shortcoming form the London Olympics. I am sure there will be many many many more blunders. Just like the party crashing Indian student, bypassing all security and parading with the Indian Olympic team and many other examples. 

The Olympic fencing tournament was thrown into an incredibly emotional, dramatic and elongated controversy when a semifinal bout of the women’s individual epee competition was won on a final touch with 1 second remaining and the losing fencer launched an appeal of the decision which eventually cost her a place on the podium.
Yet it was the appeal of the decision itself which led to incredibly acrimony and one of the lengthiest delays in recent Olympic memory. Here’s how everything unfolded:
With time running out in one of the two semifinal matches for the women’s individual epee competition, South Korea’s Shin A Lam led Germany’s Germany’s Britta Heidermann by a single point. Officially, Heidermann had just one second to launch an attack and score a touch, which would advance her on to the gold medal match to face the Ukraine’s Yana Shemyakina, a lack of time which all but ensured that Shin would advance.
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