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London 2012 Olympics: China’s Lei Sheng claims foil gold as Europeans fall

Reuters, LONDON

The row erupted when two double-touches were recorded with a second to go and Shin thought she had triumphed. However, a single second was put back on the clock after some discussion.

Heidemann then unleashed a blistering surge forward, hitting Shin while also avoiding her blade.

At a press conference on Tuesday, South Korean Olympic Committee president Park Yong-sung said that the FIE recognized there were issues with their timekeeping and apologized to Shin.

The FIE also praised Shin for competing in the bronze-medal match, which she later lost to China’s Sun Yujie.

“I spoke to the FIE today. They never expected this kind of thing to happen in the last second, three attacks. Their timekeeping machine is only in seconds, not points of a second,” Park said. “Because of this system design they could not handle the situation correctly yesterday [Monday], that they admit.”

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