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Around the Piste: Russia wins team epee bronze

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Bronze medal match


Russia took on Estonia in the bronze medal match. Estonia led 3-2 after one period--their first and only lead at the end of a period. Russia's Kolobova scoring 12 points in the ninth to secure the 37-31 victory.


Placement 5-6


The United States faced South Korea in a closely contested bout. In the ninth period, Courtney Hurley and Choi, who had tied South Korea's bout with Estonia earlier, were charged with the task of securing a victory.


Tied at at 9, Hurley scored 13 points while limiting Choi to 8 to win the bout for the United States and ensure a fifth place finish in the competition.



Placement 7-8


The Ukraine led France through six periods but a 9 point rally by Auriane Mallo put France ahead in the seventh. They never looked back winning 45-38.


Semifinals


Estonia-China


After leading the majority of the bout, Estonia began to struggle in the second half as Xu Anqi, who won gold in the team event in London, scored 13 points between two periods to help defeat Estonia 45-36.


Romania-Russia


Romania continued to roll in its bout with Russia. Simona Pop scored 20 points, nearly half of Romania's score, as they won 45-31.


Classification 5-8


United States-France


In their Classification 5-8 match, the United States entered the ninth period with a one point lead. Courtney Hurley fenced the final three minutes against Auriane Mallo to come away with a 32-28 victory.


South Korea-Ukraine


The bout remained close through seven periods until Eunsook Choi broke it open for South Korea scoring 10 points in the eigth. The defeated the Ukraine 45-34.


Quarterfinals


United States-Romania



Kelley Hurley and Ana Maria Popescu kicked things off the in the first period with Popescu giving the Romanians a 3-1 lead.


Trailing for the majority of the match, Kelley Hurley got within one point of tying the bout in the eigth period.


Her sister Courtney would be the one to break the tie to start the ninth. Popescu netted a point to tie again but Hurley came right back to score three consecutive points to give the United States a 19-17 lead.


However, Popescu showed why the Romanian's are a favorite to win it all; she scored a point to tie the bout at 23 with the ninth period coming to a close, forcing sudden death overtime.


With just under 30 seconds left in overtime, Popescu scored the bout-winning touch to eliminate the United States from competition.


China-Ukraine


China took an early lead before Pantelyeyeva tied the bout at 16 in the fifth period. In the ninth, China held a 9 point advantage with 30 seconds to go; the #1 seed sent the Ukranians packing 42-34.


South Korea-Estonia


The countries dueled to a 7-7 tie at the start of the fourth period. Midway through the ninth, the score was again tied at 21.


South Korea's Injeong Choi tied the bout with 13 seconds left in regulation forcing overtime. Estonia ultimately came out on top with Irina Embrich scoring the game winning touch.


Russia-France


France took a 17-13 lead into the fifth period over the Russians. Frenchwomen Lauren Rembi was charged with the task of protecting a one point lead to begin the ninth against Violetta Kolobova.


With the fencers trading leads, Kolobova gained a point advantage for the Russian's with under 30 seconds.


Rembi's aggressiveness got her into trouble as Kolobova was able to take advantage and score on her attacks. Russia would ultimately advance 44-41.


Table of 16


Ukraine-Brazil


Ukranian fencer Yana Shemyakina and Brazil's Amanda Simeao were the first fighters to step on to the piste for their respective countries. Shemyakina gave the Ukraine a quick 5-2 lead.


Brazil's Nathalie Moellhausen came out for the second period against Kseniya Pantelyeyeva. Moellhausen chipped away at the lead only allowing Pantelyeyeva to score twice.


Things began to turn around in the fourth period for the host country when Simeao returned to take on Pantelyeyeva. Simeao scored four points to get within a point of the Ukraine.


Pantelyeyeva created an eight point advantage in the seventh and the Ukraine never looked back winning the bout 45-32.



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