Shin A-lam

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Shin A-lam
Shin A-Lam Challenge International de Saint-Maur 2013.jpg
At the Challenge International de Saint-Maur 2013
Personal information
Native name 신아람
Nationality South Korean
Born (1986-09-23) September 23, 1986 (age 27)
Geumsan, South Korea
Sport
Sport Fencing
Event(s) Épée
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals Silver (Team épée, 2012)
4th (Épée, 2012)
Updated on 31 July 2012.

Shin A-lam (Korean: 신아람, born 23 September 1986 in Geumsan, Chungcheongnam-do) is a épée fencer from South Korea.[1]

Education[edit]

Career[edit]

  • 2006 Doha Asian Games - Women's National Fencing Team
  • 2010 Guangzhou Asian Games - Women's National Fencing Team
  • 2011 2011 Shenzhen - Women's National Fencing Team
  • 2012 London Olympic - Women's national fencing Team

2012 Summer Olympics[edit]

She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in the Women's épée in both the individual and team event.

In the semifinals of women's individual épée, she controversially lost to German Britta Heidemann after a timekeeping error extended bout time. The situation arose at the end of the one minute overtime (sudden death) with the match tied 5-5. Shin would have won the tied bout on the basis of priority (the status is randomly awarded to one fencer prior to the overtime period, as accorded by the rules).

With one whole second showing on the official clock, Heidemann made two rapid attacks in succession both halted by double-touches. Despite this the clock in the arena continued to show "00:01" (because it could not display decimal fractions of a second). The referee then called "halt" to the bout. It was at this point the timekeeper (a Games Volunteer) restarted the clock inadvertently expiring all the remaining time, reportedly 0.02 seconds.[2] This action caused the arena clock to show "00:00" giving Shin reason to celebrate. However the error was noted and since an overtime minute had to be fenced in its entirety, the referee applied FIE rule t.32-3.[3] The timekeeper, with the referee's permission, reset the clock to show "00:01" (one whole second being the minimum unit of time possible). Following the resumption of the bout, Heidemann scored a single touch just as the full second expired.[4] The result was partly due to the failure of the referee to stop both fencers restarting closer than the specified distance, Heidemann's "crowding" to hurry her attack, and Shin trying to avoid retreating across her end line.[5]

The South Koreans immediately appealed the decision stating that full-time (0.02s) had already elapsed and the final touch occurred after the end of the bout. In accordance with fencing bylaws, Shin A-lam could not leave the piste while the officials deliberated the situation. Sobbing profusely, she sat alone for over an hour awaiting their decision.[6] Ultimately, the judges gave the victory to Heidemann.

An hour later Shin returned for the Bronze Medal match but lost to her Chinese opponent despite loud encouragement from the cheering crowd.[7]

Later, the International Fencing Federation offered her a "special medal" after her controversial épée semi-final defeat.[8] But she rejected the medal saying "It does not make me feel better because it's not an Olympic medal. I don't accept the result because I believe it was a mistake."[9]

Shin won a silver medal in Women's team épée competition five days later.

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