Fencing: Hungary takes first gold as French wait goes on

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2016 Rio Olympics - Fencing - Preliminary - Women's Epee Individual Victory Ceremony - Carioca Arena 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Emese Szasz (HUN) of Hungary (C) celebrates winning the gold medal with Rossella Fiamingo (ITA) of Italy (L) and Sun Yiwen (CHN) of China (PRC). REUTERS/Issei Kato

Horndiplomat-Hungary took its third women’s gold in Olympic fencing since 2000 as Emese Szasz bounced back from a first-match loss in London to beat Italy’s twice world champion Rossella Fiamingo on Saturday.

France came close to ending a long medal drought in Olympic fencing, but a breakout performance by 43rd-ranked Lauren Rembi came up short in the bronze medal bout.

Sun Yiwen’s third-place finish helped Chinese fans forget the shocking 15-8 loss by her team mate Xu Anqi, ranked first in the world, to Frenchwoman Marie-Florence Candassamy in her first bout.

Hungarian women are second only to the Italians in Olympic medals, but had not topped the podium since Tímea Nagy took back-to-back golds in the epee event in Sydney and Athens.

France left the Games empty-handed four years ago in London for the first time since 1960 and the women’s individual epee event extended their long wait.

Rembi had looked medal-bound as she silenced the roaring Brazilian crowd and beat local favorite Nathalie Moellhausen in the quarter-finals.

Italian-born Moellhausen, fencing under Brazil’s flag at the Olympics for the first time at her grandmother’s request, got the arena roaring with early victories over American Kelley Hurley and France’s Candassamy. It was the best finish for a Brazilian woman in Olympic fencing history.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

SOURCE:REUTERS

2016 Rio Olympics - Fencing - Preliminary - Women's Epee Individual Victory Ceremony - Carioca Arena 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Emese Szasz (HUN) of Hungary (C) celebrates winning the gold medal with Rossella Fiamingo (ITA) of Italy (L) and Sun Yiwen (CHN) of China (PRC). REUTERS/Issei Kato
2016 Rio Olympics – Fencing – Preliminary – Women’s Epee Individual Victory Ceremony – Carioca Arena 3 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 06/08/2016. Emese Szasz (HUN) of Hungary (C) celebrates winning the gold medal with Rossella Fiamingo (ITA) of Italy (L) and Sun Yiwen (CHN) of China (PRC). REUTERS/Issei Kato
2016 Rio Olympics - Fencing - Final - Women's Epee Individual Gold Medal Bout - Carioca Arena 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Emese Szasz (HUN) of Hungary (R) competes with Rossella Fiamingo (ITA) of Italy. REUTERS/Issei Kato
2016 Rio Olympics – Fencing – Final – Women’s Epee Individual Gold Medal Bout – Carioca Arena 3 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 06/08/2016. Emese Szasz (HUN) of Hungary (R) competes with Rossella Fiamingo (ITA) of Italy. REUTERS/Issei Kato
2016 Rio Olympics - Fencing - Final - Women's Epee Individual Gold Medal Bout - Carioca Arena 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Emese Szasz (HUN) of Hungary (R) celebrates winning the match.  REUTERS/Issei Kato
2016 Rio Olympics – Fencing – Final – Women’s Epee Individual Gold Medal Bout – Carioca Arena 3 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 06/08/2016. Emese Szasz (HUN) of Hungary (R) celebrates winning the match. REUTERS/Issei Kato
2016 Rio Olympics - Fencing - Preliminary - Women's Epee Individual Victory Ceremony - Carioca Arena 3 - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil - 06/08/2016. Emese Szasz (HUN) of Hungary celebrates winning the gold medal.  REUTERS/Issei Kato
2016 Rio Olympics – Fencing – Preliminary – Women’s Epee Individual Victory Ceremony – Carioca Arena 3 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – 06/08/2016. Emese Szasz (HUN) of Hungary celebrates winning the gold medal. REUTERS/Issei Kato

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