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Olympian Cheated

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7/31/2012 11:40:06 AM
Posted: 5 years ago
I watched it live and it was both ridiculous and heartbreaking. Basically, two women were fencing for the opportunity to compete in the gold medal match. The score was tied with one second on the clock. They'd start the clock, the women would simultaneously attack, and the clock would stop.

The problem? Rather than the time being cumulative, as it is in every other sport and every other fencing match, that one second was restarted every time! They replayed the same second 4 times and as 1 second is plenty of time in fencing for a strike,8 separate attacks were made.

The Korean's also cried foul because positions don't get reset until time runs out. As she was backed up against the wall when the clock reached 1 second, she was forced to stay in that indefensible position over and over again. Obviously she eventually lost and had to sit through an eternity of deliberation before her appeal was denied. Totally ridiculous.
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