Sometimes even Olympians can't catch a break.

South Korea's Shin A-Lam and Germany's Britta Heidemann faced off on Monday in the woman's epee (fencing) to determine who would advance to the gold medal match. Near the end of the duel, it was still unclear who would walk away with Olympic glory, as the two faced off in a sudden-death elimination stand after the regulation match ended in a draw.

Heidemann and Shin had faced off three times in order to determine a winner, each time with one second on the clock. In the third round, it seemed Heidemann scored a final touch that put her ahead.

But Shin took issue with the result and appealed, arguing that the clock was out of time. Indeed, video footage of the match seems to indicate the clock did stall.

From the Associated Press:

It was during the third "second" that Heidemann scored the winning point. The South Korean coach started an appeal process that lasted an hour, apparently arguing that the win was scored out of time. All the while, Shin refused to leave the piste as by doing so she would accept defeat.

According to the Guardian, the stand lasted 75 minutes, an hour of which was occupied by the appeal process, while Shin was required to stay on the floor. Eventually, the technical director sided with the German fencer and the ruling was confirmed again the following day.

Shin was eventually escorted from the floor by security after the appeal was denied, only to return minutes later and lose in the bronze medal match.

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  • The Battle

    Canada's Sherraine Schalm faces South Korea's A Lam Shin during a women's individual epee fencing round of 32 match at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • The Battle Continues

    South Korea's Shin A-lam and Germany's Britta Heidemann compete during a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • Got Ya!

    Germany's Britta Heidemann reacts during a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against South Korea's Shin A-lam at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

  • But Time Was Up!

    South Korea's Shin A-lam waits for a ruling by officials during a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Oh Come On! No Fair!

    South Korea's Shin A-lam reacts after a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Sad.

    South Korea's Shin A-lam reacts after a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • That Totally Does Count!

    South Korea's Shin A-lam's coach argues with officials after a ruling in a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • I'm Not Moving!

    South Korea's Shin A-lam reacts after a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • Woohoo!

    Germany's Britta Heidemann reacts during a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against South Korea's Shin A-lam at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • More Sad.

    South Korea's Shin A-lam waits for an appeal to an officials' decision after a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Sadder.

    South Korea's Shin A-lam waits for an appeal to an officials decision after a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Saddest.

    South Korea's Shin A-lam waits for an appeal to an officials decision after a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • That's Right!

    Germany's Britta Heidemann reacts after a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against South Korea's Shin A-lam at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Alright, Time To Go.

    Officials lead South Korea's Shin A-lam off the floor after an appeal to an officials decision in a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • No Seriously, Time To Walk.

    Officials lead South Korea's Shin A-lam off the floor after an appeal to an officials decision in a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

  • There We Go.

    Officials lead South Korea's Shin A-lam off the floor after an appeal to an officials decision in a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • No, no. You Can't Go Back.

    Officials lead South Korea's Shin A-lam off the floor after an appeal to an officials decision in a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

  • Sorry It Had To End This Way.

    South Korea's Shin A-lam waits for an appeal to an officials decision after a women's individual epee fencing semifinals match against Germany's Britta Heidemann at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday, July 30, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)