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RandySF

(61,317 posts)
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 07:55 PM Jul 2012

Korean athlete cheated out of gold medal medal opportunity by faulty clock and bad officiating.

With time running out in one of the two semifinal matches for the women’s individual epee competition, South Korea’s Shin A Lam led Germany’s Britta Heidemann by a single point. Officially, Heidemann had just one second to launch an attack and score a touch, which would advance her on to the gold medal match to face the Ukraine’s Yana Shemyakina, a lack of time which all but ensured that Shin would advance.

Instead, the timing mechanism on the piste became stuck, giving Heidemann extra time to complete her attack and win the bout, which earned her the spot in the gold-medal bout. Officials, unsure what to do without a true, official protocol to follow, eventually decided to award the victory to Heidemann.

As one might expect, Shin and her coaches were enraged with the decision, and launched an immediate appeal. Yet the appeal itself proved to be incredibly lengthy, and also contains a unique bylaw that requires Shin to remain on the piste throughout its duration. Unable to leave the playing surface, Shin bawled uncontrollably for the first 10-15 minutes, often shading her head in a towel while occasionally looking out to the crowd before rubbing her eyes again.

At long last, after more than 30 minutes of a delay that included the Korean federation having to expedite a payment for the use in the official appeal, Shin’s attempt to overturn the result failed, bringing a crushing end to a ridiculously long period marked by piquant discussion between Olympic and Korean officials and occasional announcements trying to explain what was going on to the spectators in the crowd.



http://blog.sfgate.com/olympics/2012/07/30/fencing-controversy-forces-south-korean-to-sit-on-piste-for-ages-eventually-costs-her-medal/

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Korean athlete cheated out of gold medal medal opportunity by faulty clock and bad officiating. (Original Post) RandySF Jul 2012 OP
wow, because just scheduling a re-match would be so onerous? phantom power Jul 2012 #1
Seems like every Olympics has a BS controversy like this... joeybee12 Jul 2012 #2
Funny. Reminds me of this from another sport... madinmaryland Jul 2012 #3
Korean athlete cheated out of gold medal medal opportunity by faulty clock and bad officiating. rozidays Jul 2012 #4
Yep. That's how it should have gone. Posteritatis Aug 2012 #5
cheating? -KittyKat- Aug 2012 #6
She got jobbed. bluedigger Aug 2012 #7
 

joeybee12

(56,177 posts)
2. Seems like every Olympics has a BS controversy like this...
Mon Jul 30, 2012, 08:23 PM
Jul 2012

This seems easy enough to rectify...obviously time ran out had the clock been working...

 

rozidays

(23 posts)
4. Korean athlete cheated out of gold medal medal opportunity by faulty clock and bad officiating.
Tue Jul 31, 2012, 12:49 PM
Jul 2012

NO "starting over" necessary.
One second left, no touch in that one second (regardless of the faulty clock).
Match to Shin....PERIOD.

Posteritatis

(18,807 posts)
5. Yep. That's how it should have gone.
Sat Aug 4, 2012, 09:59 PM
Aug 2012

The whole thing's tragic; she went from "silver medal as a worst-case scenario" to "nothing" because of that.

 

-KittyKat-

(6 posts)
6. cheating?
Mon Aug 6, 2012, 11:17 AM
Aug 2012

Faulty timer and the officials refuse to rectify a simple and obvious mistake? Could it be intentional cheating? I wouldn't put it beyond them.

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