South Korea only trailed Switzerland twice in the match--both times in the first period. While South Korea led the rest of the way, they had only a 21-17 lead at the end of the eighth. In the final period, South Korea's Seunghwa Jung scored 24 points while Heinzer added 19 as South Korea won the match 45-36 to place fifth in the competition.
Russia and Venezuela twice ended bouts in a 0-0 draw as Russia ultimately found themselves on the winning end of a 36-30 final to place seventh.
Italy only trailed once, it was in the first period when the score was 1-0 in favor of the Ukraine. The rest of the way, Italy held the lead and despite being outscored by the Ukraine 19-17 in the final three periods, won the match 45-33 to advance to the gold medal bout.
France led through six periods but Hungary kept the gap narrow and in the seventh Imre tied the bout three times. Hungary trailed 35-34 into the ninth as Borel and Redli closed the bout out. Borel outscored Redli 10-6 to advance France to the gold medal match against Italy.
After South Korea's Jinsun Jung earned a yellow card for not coming fully dressed to the piste, the 0-0 bout continued in the second period. Silvio Fernandez outscored Jung 9-3 but South Korea quickly got back into the match as Kyoungdoo Park outscored Francisco Limardo 7-3 in the third.
Jung returned in the sixth to take a one-point lead. South Korea maintained their lead for the rest of the match as Jung closed out the ninth to win it 45-40.
Switzerland outscored Russia 35-19 in the last five periods to win 45-28 and advance to the Placement 5-6 match against South Korea.
France trailed the Venezuelans until partway through the third period when Yannick Borel scored three consecutive points to give France a two point advantage.
France then proceed to outscore Venezuela 31-17 in the final six periods to win 45-29.
South Korea trailed until the fourth where individual epee gold medalist Sangyoung Park outscored the man he defeated for gold, Hungary's Geza Imre, 12-3 to pull South Korea ahead by two.
The countries were knotted at 32 into the eighth period where Park fenced his final bout of the match against Gabor Boczko; Boczko gained a point advantage that Hungary expanded in the ninth.
South Korea got within one point of tying at 42 but Andras Redli scored three consecutive points to give Hungary the narrow victory.
Italy had built up a 14 point lead over Switzerland through the first six periods. Swiss fencer Max Heinzer outscored Marco Fichera 14-13 in the final period but the deficit was too much to overcome as Italy took the match 45-32.
Through the first 4 periods, Russia led by a point in a closely contested match with the Ukraine. Ahead by three points in the eighth, Ukranian Anatolii Herey put up 13 points to give the Ukraine a 10 point lead. That was followed up by Bogdan Nikishin putting up 10 in the final period to win the match for the Ukraine 45-32.
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Venezuela vs. Brazil
The match got off to a slow start with neither country netting a point in the first period.
The scoring kicked off in the second with Venezuela's Ruben Limardo and Brazil's Guilherme Melaragno fencing to a 2-2 draw.
Venezuela gained the lead in the third and never looked back as they went on to defeat the host country 45-25.