Earlier in the evening, the Italian team – beaten 45-43 by France in the semifinals – took bronze with a complete 45-23 victory over a team from the United States containing the new individual women’s foil champion , Lee Kiefer.
Due to the rotation of the events, this competition did not take place at the Rio 2016 Olympics, but the ROC team included two fencers who won the world team title in 2019 from Larisa Korobeynikova and Inna Deriglazova, the champion. individual Rio 2106.
The other member of the team on the track was Marta Martyanova.
The ROC team were strongly favored to beat a French team which included Ysaora Thibus, ninth in the Tokyo 2020 individual competition, Anita Blaze, who was 22nd and a member of the team that finished fourth at the London 2012 Games, and Pauline Ranvier, who was 18th in individual.
But the strength of the French esprit de corps to have beaten exuberant Italian talent spoke volumes.
Korobeynikova started ROC with a 5-2 win in the opener against Thibus, and her side never lagged after that despite Ranvier beating Korobeynikova 7-5 in the penultimate personal duel in a desperate attempt. to keep the French hopes alive, and Thibus beat her two other opponents, Martyanova, who needed medical treatment for a foot injury, and Deriglazova.
Deriglazova and Korobeynikova, both members of the Russian team that won silver in this event in London 2012, where the gold went to Italy, can now think about a medal of an even more acceptable shade.
“Before, I had other events but this one is a different emotion,” said Deriglazova.
“It’s a very emotional moment for me.
“It’s for my family and friends who really support us and everyone who has supported not only me but my team as well, and all the coaches. “
Martyanova commented: “I was injured but the most important thing for me was to understand that we had no more changes.
“I haven’t had the chance to think about anything other than the competition and the touchdown.
“I tried not to feel the pain but to feel that I had to support my team. “
A disappointed Thibus added that France “proved in the semifinals that nothing is impossible and that until the end we can come back.
“It didn’t happen in the final but the spirit was there. “
Earlier in the evening, passion and desire for the Italian squad overwhelmed the United States, who claimed victory in just one of nine personal matches – the first, where Nicole Ross got the better of Arianna Errigo, member of the Italian gold medalist team. team in 2012.
Even the presence of the new individual Olympic champion, Kiefer, could not turn the tide for the Americans.
“It was tough, but we thought about winning the bronze, not the other medals that we couldn’t win,” said 2018 Italian individual world champion Alice Volpi.
“We tried to do our best and we managed to do it together. “
Meanwhile, Kiefer said: “Hats off to the Italians.
“They closed beautifully, they came out very strong.
“We are all heartbroken. ”