TOKYO, Japan, July 27, 2021—On the fourth day of fencing competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, eight women’s epee teams have completed quarterfinals and placement rounds through the semifinals. This evening, Italy fences China for the bronze medal and Estonia fences Korea for the gold. Whether silver or gold, this will be the first-ever Olympic team fencing medal for Estonia.
In the semifinal rounds, Korea beat China, 38-29, and Estonia beat Italy, 42-34. For fifth through eighth placement positions, USA defeated Hong Kong, 42-31, while Poland beat ROC, 31-25; this was followed by USA defeating Poland, 33-26, and Hong Kong China beating ROC, 28-27.
“We are so happy that we won the first round”, said Italy’s Mara Navarria. “Now we need to win the second. Our strategy is just to start with one touch, feel the strip, and do well that way by continuing that method.”
“While we had a rough start today, fencing is unpredictable as to how your state of mind will be”, said USA’s Kelley Hurley, before their placement round against Poland. “Although it wasn’t there for us in the first match, fortunately we pulled it together.”
“I feel great”, said Estonia’s Katrina Lehis. “We were obviously very nervous in the first round, and we know the Polish girls and they know us, we’ve been in camps together many times. Yet I think we managed to show we are capable of winning and going past our nerves and everything turned out great and we’ll see how it goes.”