Thursday 18 January 2018

Shin hopes gone in one second

South Korean Shin A Lam left the without a medal, but with the sympathies of everyone in the crowd after one of the biggest controversies fencing has ever seen.

The 25-year-old thought she was through to the final of the women's epee when, to her horror and that of her coach Shim Jaesung, the clock was reset from zero to one second.

And when the action resumed German Britta Heidemann, gold medallist four years ago, scored a do-or-die hit that eventually -- after an hour of debate and appeals -- gave her a place in the final against Ukraine's Yana Shemyakina.

Shin was in floods of tears as she waited to learn her fate, the crowd were told that if she left it was an acceptance of defeat.

The furious Korean coach appealed against the decision that had allowed the fight to go on after the clock changed.

The bronze medal match and the final both had to be put back while the row went on, but almost 75 minutes later Shin was led off, before returning a few minutes later and losing the bronze medal final to Sun Yujie.

Irish Independent

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