Olympics fencing: China take women's team epee gold

China took women's team epee gold after outclassing South Korea with a 39-25 victory in the final.

South Korea pulled off a surprise in reaching the final and there was a silver medal for Shin A Lam, who was controversially denied a place in last week's epee final.


BBC Sport analyst Karim Bashir: "The Koreans have really done themselves proud. They've been a joy to watch.

"Tenth in the world, taking out the world number one and five teams and they just couldn't get past the Chinese.

"China just out-thought the Koreans from fight five onwards, they outscored them and are very deserving winners of this medal."

But China were too strong and took control in the fifth fight before earning a comfortable win.

The United States beat Russia 31-30 in the bronze medal match.

South Korea, who are ranked tenth in the world, overcame 2008 gold medallists Romania with a 45-38 quarter-final victory before beating the United States 45-36 in the semi-final.

China, who were silver medallists four years ago, beat Germany 45-42 in the last eight before a cagey 20-19 victory against Russia took them into the final.

The South Koreans held China to 9-9 after the first four fights but Anqi Xu and Yujie Sun helped the Chinese establish an 18-14 lead after six fights.

Sun, who won bronze in the individual event, came up with 12 touches in the final fight as China coasted to gold.

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