The Bleacher Report is reporting that South Korea’s Shin A-Lam and Germany’s Britta Heidemann faced each other Monday in woman’s fencing semi-final. The winner of the match would advance and get their chance to fight for the gold.
Near the end of their duel, it was still unclear who might walk away with the victory, as the end of regulation ended in a draw. A sudden-death elimination stand was called.
The competitors faced off three times to determine a winner, each time a once second clock is set to keep time. In the third round, Heidemann scored the final touch to give her the victory. Or did she?
In the final round the clock didn’t start, and it took Hedemann longer than a second to score the final point. Shin took issue and decided to appeal the result.
The appeal process lasted an hour, and Shin refused to leave the piste, the area where the match takes place, because by doing so she would accept defeat.
Shin lost the appeal, but refused to leave the floor. You can see the video of the controversy HERE.
Shin was eventually escorted from the floor by security. She returned minutes later and lost the bronze medal match.