America's Lee Kiefer upsets ROC favourite in women's foil individual fencing

A tight bout ensued between Rio 2016 champion Inna Deriglazova and three-time Olympian Lee Kiefer with the American coming out on top to win gold.

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Lee Kiefer finally wins an Olympic medal at her third Games, and it's gold. The American mixed attack and defensive work as she came through a tit-for-tat bout with ROC's Inna Deriglazova, the defending Olympic champion, to win gold. Kiefer kept her nose in front of the favourite, finally coming through 15-13, but Deriglazova was mostly only one or two points adrift.

Deriglazova had come through a relatively comfortable series of bouts up to the final but realised soon enough she had a fight on her hands with Kiefer leading 8-7 after the first period. Even heading toward the 15-point target, Kiefer kept her nerve, with Deriglazova looking bemused as she adjusted her mask.

Kiefer placed fifth at the London 2012 Games and was 10th at Rio 2016, so it was no surprise when she ripped off her mask after the final point, shouting, "Oh my God!"

There was just one point in it in the women's bronze medal bout with ROC's Larisa Korobeynikova screaming with delight at beating Italy's Alice Volpi. In another tight match, Korobeynikova beat Volpi 15-14.

Korobeynikova won silver at London 2012 in the team foil event and has seven world championships medals, including three golds, but this is the first individual foil medal at either event. Volpi is a 2017 team world champion and 2018 individual world champion but comes away in fourth at Tokyo 2020.