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Lei Sheng wins individual foil fencing gold for China at the Olympics

Updated: Tuesday, 31 Jul 2012 20:48

Lei Sheng took gold for China
Lei Sheng took gold for China

History was made at a packed ExCeL tonight with Africa's first-ever Olympic fencing medal.

But 21-year-old Egyptian Alaaeldin Abouelkassem had to settle for silver and not the gold he was really looking for - and looked like he might grab.

That went to China's world number nine Lei Sheng, who came from 13-12 down to win 15-13 after a day of shock results which included Britain's medal hope Richard Kruse heavily losing his first contest.

Bronze went to South Korean Choi Byungchul with a nail-biting 15-14 victory over Andrea Baldini, the 26-year-old dropped by Italy from the last Olympics after failing a drug test, but then completely cleared of all accusations a year later.

Sunday Sport

Medal Table

Country Total
USA 45 27 30 102
China 38 28 23 89
Great Britain 29 17 19 65
Russia 25 25 32 82
South Korea 13 8 7 28
Ireland 1 1 3 5
Full Table

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