ROC Wins Women’s Team Foil at Tokyo 2020
TOKYO, Japan, July 29, 2021—ROC has won women’s team foil at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Eight women’s teams participated in the day’s event, which was the sixth day of Olympic fencing at Tokyo’s Makuhari Messe Hall B in the Chiba Prefecture. In attendance at this evening’s finals were International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach; Jordan Olympic Committee President and IOC Executive Board Member HRH Prince Feisal Al Hussein; and Association of Summer Olympic International Federations President Francesco Ricci Bitti.
In the gold medal round, ROC, who won the same medal in Beijing 2008 and a silver in London 2012, took this evening’s Olympic title after defeating France, 45-34. The bronze medal went to Italy over the USA, 45-23.
"Our strategy was just to support one another, to trust our team and to act as a team”, said ROC’s Inna Deriglazova. “If one achieves something, the other girls build on that as a team and that was most important. I’m really happy with this medal, for the first time with the team event I can feel this. We had a silver medal in London and I have won other gold medals, but this is a totally different feeling for me as part of the team and very emotional.”
“It’s like a mixed sensation because it’s a wonderful day and an amazing finish, although just 30 minutes ago we just lost a match”, said France’s Astrid Guyart. “But at the end of the day we have a beautiful, precious Olympic medal and we are very happy.”
Final ranking for women’s team foil included ROC (gold), France (silver), Italy (bronze), USA, Canada, Japan, Hungary and Egypt.