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We all love to beat up on Olympic judges—catharsis, I suppose—and Day 3 gave us two prime chances to do just that.
First, in men's gymnastics team final, a scoring error resulted in Japan being awarded fourth place when it should have earned a silver.
The Japanese successfully appealed and got their rightful prize, but it was a deflating sequence for the teams they vaulted past. Great Britain settled for third place—much to the home crowd's dismay—while Ukraine, original possessors of a bronze, missed the podium entirely.
Spectators at the women's fencing competition were treated to similar doses of judging-related confusion.
With one second left in her semifinal bout against Germany's Britta Heidemann, South Korean epeeist A Lam Shin held a slight advantage. Officials began play on three separate occasions, and the fencers recorded simultaneous touches, resulting in no additional points.
And yet, no time ran off the clock. On the fourth restart, Heidemann got the touch on Shin she needed to win the bout.
Fencing mores dictate that the athlete remain on the playing surface when an appeal is pending, which left Shin standing on the raised fencing platform for more than an hour before she was told her appeal had been rejected.