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Olympic Fencing Controversy: Yana Shemyakina Wins Olympic Gold Amidst Drama

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Ukraine's Yana Shemyakina reacts after defeating Germany's Britta Heidemann in the women's individual epee fencing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)
Ukraine's Yana Shemyakina reacts after defeating Germany's Britta Heidemann in the women's individual epee fencing gold medal match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

LONDON -- Fencer Yana Shemyakina of Ukraine beat defending champion Britta Heidemann of Germany 9-8 to win the Olympic gold medal in women's individual epee Monday.

The event was overshadowed by an hour-long delay following an appeal by the South Korean team after Heidemann's 6-5 victory over Shin A-lam in the semifinals.

South Korean officials argued the match was already over when Heidemann scored the winning point in the last second, but the jury finally upheld its decision.

Top-seeded Sun Yujie of China won bronze after beating Shin 15-11.

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