Olympic Fencing 2012: Daily Results, Schedule & Analysis
Italy came away with seven medals, the most by any country in these Olympics.
The most impressive hardware came in a dominant sweep of the Women's Individual Foil where it was Italy flags all over the podium. Elisa Di Francisca took gold, while Arianna Errigo settled for silver and Valentina Vezzali won bronze. That same team went to earn gold at the Women's Team Foil, defeating Russia in convincing fashion.
The Americans' only medal came in form of bronze, after a hard-fought, edge of your seat match against Russia in the Women's Team Epee. The 31-30 win was decided by a sudden death last touch by Courtney Hurley.
Italy collected arguably its most valuable fencing hardware after winning the last contest of the London Games — the Men's Team Foil 45-39 against a respectable Japan team.
Italy found itself behind in the first two bouts, but rallied behind a strong first bout from alternate Andrea Cassara, who posted an 8-4 initial outing that fueled the Italians, who never trailed Japan from that point.
This title represents the third gold and the seventh medal for the Italians in these Olympics.
The Japanese trio of Ryo Miyake, Yuki Ota and Kenta Chida put on a strong effort and managed to keep the score close against an Italian squad that was hungry for gold after falling second to France in Beijing.
The United States failed to medal after losing to Germany 45-27. The Germans took home bronze, dominating from the start, winning eight of the nine bouts — including a decisive 6-0 win in the third bout that created a 15-4 gap, which the Americans never rebounded from.
The U.S. grabbed its first medal in the sport, taking bronze in the Women's Team Epee in one of the most exciting bouts of the medal round. Maya Lawrence and sisters Kelley and Courtney Hurley scrapped their way into a place in the podium, defeating Russia 31-30 in a very close match that did not see the two teams apart by more than four points.
With the score knotted at 30, younger sister Courtney took a final touch on Anna Sivkova, giving her team the priority win as she turned around to embrace her teammates.
China breezed its way to gold, winning 39-25 over South Korea.