South Korean Olympian refused to leave fencing floor after controversial call.
Shin A-Lam and Germay’s Britta Heidemann faced off on Monday in the woman’s fencing. The duel was to determine which woman would advance to the gold medal match.
It was unclear who was going to the next round after the duel. The two had to face off in a sudden-death elimination stand.
Heidemann and Shin faced off three times. Heidemann seemed to have scored a final touch in the third round.
Shin appealed the result. She argued that the clock was out of time when Heidemann scored.
Shin was clearly upset and was seen crying after the match.
The Associated Press reported:
“It was during the third “second” that Heidemann scored the winning point. The South Kkorean coach stated an appeal process that lasted an hour, apparently arguing that the win was scored out of time. All the while, Shin refused to leave the piste as by doing so she would accept defeat.”
After an hour, the technical director sided with the German fencer.
Shin was escorted by security off the floor after the appeal was denied.