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First German medal: a contested fencing silver

The Local · 31 Jul 2012, 09:07

Published: 31 Jul 2012 09:07 GMT+02:00

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Heidemann and the South Korean fencer Shin A Lam ended their semi final undecided, meaning a sudden death extra minute was called for – with the first to land a hit to be the winner. Shin had priority, meaning that if no hit was made, she would win, Die Welt newspaper reported.

The nerve-wracking minute drew to a close with no conclusive hit, until Heidemann hit with 0:01 left on the clock – less than a second. Yet the clock had been reset to provide the extra second after what the BBC said was an infringement by Shin.

As Heidemann celebrated and Shin sat down in tears, the South Korean coach contested the result, causing more than an hour’s delay, during which time Shin remained on the piste – if she left it would be considered acceptance of the result.

After the South Korean protests and appeals were considered and rejected Shin had to fight for the bronze, but lost – and Heidemann faced Ukrainian fencer Yana Schemyakina. She lost that, but claimed the silver medal, Germany’s first metal of the Olympics.

“Of course I would have liked to have had the last hit,” she said afterwards. “But I am satisfied nonetheless. I am happy for Jana, she is a nice girl.” And she expressed sympathy for Shin, saying, “I am sorry for her.”

Tuesday sees a good chance for gold in the eventing where Ingrid Klimke shares the lead with Swedish rider Sara Algotsson-Ostholt. Germany’s world champion Michael Jung was lying in fourth on Tuesday.

Table tennis star Timo Boll was unexpectedly knocked out of competition on Monday after losing against Romanian Adrian Crisan. “I simply want to cry. I am very disappointed and will need a few days to get over this,” he said.

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Your comments about this article

10:20 July 31, 2012 by Paranoid_Android
About bloody time!
15:37 July 31, 2012 by heathen
Bad sportsmanship on Heidemann's part by fist pumping and hollering it up after her controversial victory.
17:16 July 31, 2012 by coffeelover
A true olympian would never accept a win based on a hit after time ran out. Shame on heidermann for not adhering to the ideals of sportsmanship at the top level of the olympics. Enjoy your judas silver, everyone in the world knows you did not earn it.
20:20 July 31, 2012 by marimay
Yeah, cheater! Her attitude about it all is very.... german.
22:47 July 31, 2012 by bhess
I think vast majority of the blame should be put on the judges and timekeepers. The clock was never started after the one second was put on the clock. The conduct of the judges after that was terrible. They wanted a money deposit for the appeal. The whole situation was handled terribly.
20:09 August 1, 2012 by coffeelover
@bhess, yes your comment is right on point. I still can't believe heidermann accepted the decision knowing her point scored after time ended. Right is right, and she cannot be happy with her illegal win.
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