Photo courtesy of Denise Wilson

Monday, April 13, 2009

Russia takes women's epee gold

A tense technical and tactical battle in the women's epee team final Russia and Poland were virtually inseparable for most of the match. The Russians held a one hit lead going into the final fight at 30-29. A flurry of hits took Russia into a 4 hit lead at one stage and time was running out for the last Polish fencer and with just 8 seconds left Russia led 44-42 but two lightning attacks brought single lights for Poland and the match went into the extra minute. Russia had priority and as the Polish girl tried to press, the Russian coolly hit to leg to clinch the victory.

Final placings:
1. Russia
2. Poland
3. USA