Sun Yiwen of China won the gold medal in women’s epee individual final in the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday. That was the third title Chinese athletes have claimed so far in the Tokyo Games.
Sun’s rival in the final was world’s No. 1 Ana Maria Popescu of Romania – Sun is currently No. 3. The competition remained close in each of the three bouts as neither side could extend their lead to further than one.
The match entered sudden death overtime at a 10-10 tie. Sun’s attack at 0:50 hit Popescu’s left shoulder before Popescu could reached her, getting the decisive score to end the match.
Filled with excitement, Sun took off her mask and rushed to hug her coach. Having attended many global events and won multiple world titles, Sun added the first Olympic gold of her career and the first women’s epee Olympic gold for her country.
Sun will also participate in women’s epee team event.