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Day 1 fencing recap

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Bronze medal match


Rembi returned to the piste shortly after her loss to face Sun. Rembi's aggressiveness worked to her detriment in a few instances including one where she lunged at Sun only for Sun to duck and score a touch on Rembi's rib cage. The 24-year-old Sun would best her fellow contemporary 15-13 to take home the bronze medal.


Semifinals


Yiwen Sun faced off against Rossella Fiamingo who got off to a slow start. Trailing 4-5 at the beginning of the third period, Fiamingo mounted an impressive comeback to force overtime. Tied at 11, Fiamingo sneaked a touch past Sun on her lower leg to earn the victory.


Emese Szasz fought Lauren Rembi. The bout was a defensive battle from the start with Szasz employing an impressive counterparry that resulted in a touch. Rembi, down a touch with seconds remaining, lunged toward Szasz whose quick strike earned the Hungarian a touch to pull ahead by two. Rembi again tried this several times to no avail ultimately losing 6-10.


Quarterfinals


Sarra Besbes and China's Yiwen Sun fought in a close bout that went into overtime. Sun built a 9-6 lead with 25 seconds left. Besbes was able to narrow the lead but was unable to overcome her deficit losing 11-15. Besbes had spent much of the overtime period complaining towards the referees and asking for reviews.


Sato faced off against Emese Szasz of Hungary and struggled early with Szasz leading 7-3 in touches at the end of the first period. Sato seemed to be hamper by a hand injury she has suffered in the Round of 64, at one point asking for time to have a trainer come over to examine her. Szasz, the seventh ranked fencer in the FIE, dominated the rest of the way on her way to a 15-4 victory.


Fiamingo was in a close contest with Korea's Injeong Choi. Choi had managed to get within a touch of tying Fiamingo at the beginning of the third period however Fiamingo proved why she was a contender for gold winning 15-8. Nathalie Moellhausen's run ended in a 12-15 loss to Lauren Rembi of France.


Round of 16


Yana Shemyakina and Nozomi Sato squared off on the green piste. Shemyakina kept pace with Sato early and the fencers had several simultaneous touches to start the first period. However, it was Sato that would eventually break away and knock off the defending gold medalist 11-8. Sato had earlier upset Tatyana Logunova of Russia in the Round of 32. Sato is ranked 46th in the International Fencing Federation ranks.


Rossella Fiamingo continued to roll after defeating Man Wai Vivian Kong of Hong Kong. Sarra Besbes defeated Erika Kirpu 15-11.


Round of 32


Courtney Hurley faced defending gold medalist Yana Shemyakina of the Ukraine. The fencers scored early simultaneous touches and Hurley trailed by a touch at the end of the first period. Hurley appeared poised and focused and built a 9-7 lead by the close of the second period. Shemyakina put Hurley, who was protecting a one touch lead, on the defensive in the third period and tied the bout with 44 seconds on the clock.


Neither fencer scored a touch in the closing seconds forcing a one minute sudden death overtime. It was Shemyakina who scored the final touch to win the bout 14-13.


Kelley Hurley lost to Brazil's Nathalie Moellhausen 12-15 in their bout. This was Hurley's first Olympics competiting in the individual competition. Moellhausen, who was born in Milan, previously fenced for Italy prior to switching to Brazil for the Rio Games. She chose to fence for the Brazilians because her maternal grandmother was born in the host country.


France's Marie Florence Candassamy upset China's Anqi Xu. Candassamy led 10-6 at the end of the second period and continued to dominate in the third ultimately winning 15-8.


Rossella Fiamingo dominated her match against Leonora MacKinnon handily out dueling the Canadian 15-7. Fiamingo is a favorite to win gold.


Sarra Besbes of Tunisia advanced to the Round of 16 besting her opponent Rayssa Costa of Brazil. Costa had the home crowd advantage earning cheers after scoring touches while the crowd took a dislike to Besbes booing her repeatedly after scoring. Besbes is looking to make history and earn her home country its first medal in fencing.


Nozomi Sato of Japan upset Russia's Tatyana Logunova 15-14. This is Longunova's fifth Olympic appearance. She had previously won back-to-back gold medals in the team epee in Sydney and Athens and placed fourth in the event at the London Games.


The bouts continue all day and you can stream them live on NBCOlympics.com



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