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London 2012 Olympic fencing – in pictures

A member of the Great Britain fencing team, Sophie Troiano, prepares for her event Photograph: David Levene for The Guardian

Natalia Sheppard of Great Britain in the Women's Foil Individual Round of 64 match on day one of the London 2012 Olympic Games.

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Olympics Day 4 - Fencing

Mohamed Samandi of Tunisia competes against Husayn Rosowsky of Great Britain during the round of 64 Men's Foil Individual on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 2012 in London, England.

Anna Meares of Australia wins her heat

Chieko Sugawara of Japan competes against Sophie Troiano of Great Britain in the women's Foil Team Fencing placement on Day 6 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August

Enzo Lefort of France battles Laurence Halsted of Great Britain during the Men's Foil Team Fencing Classification 5-8 on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 5, 2012 in London, England.

Enzo Lefort of France battles Laurence Halsted of Great Britain during the Men's Foil Team Fencing Classification on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 2012 in London, England.

Chile's Caterin Bravo Aranguiz (L) fences against Great Britain's Corinna Lawrence during their Women's Epee fencing bout as part of the London 2012 Olympic games, on July 30, 2012 at the ExCel centre in London.

Chile's Caterin Bravo Aranguiz (L) fences against Great Britain's Corinna Lawrence during their Women's Epee fencing bout as part of the London 2012 Olympic games, on July 2012 at the ExCel centre in London.

British Gillian Sheen (B.1928) 1956 Gold Medal for Great Britain

British Gillian Sheen 1956 Gold Medal for Great Britain

Best Of London: Day 9 - Slideshows | James-Andrew Davis of Great Britain celebrates beating Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt during the Men's Foil Team Fencing on Day 9.  (Photo: Hannah Johnston / Getty Images) NBC Olympics

James-Andrew Davis of Great Britain celebrates beating Alaaeldin Abouelkassem of Egypt during the Men's Foil Team Fencing at 2012 Olympic Games in London.

James Davis of Great Britain and Marcel Marcilloux of France compete during the Men's Foil Team Fencing Classification 5-8 on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 5, 2012 in London, England.

James Davis of Great Britain and Marcel Marcilloux of France compete during the Men's Foil Team Fencing Classification on Day 9 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on August 2012 in London, England.

Anna Bentley, Monica Peterson

PHOTOS: 2012 London Olympics Photos Of The Day

Anna Bentley of Great Britain reacts during her match against Monica Peterson of Canada during the round of 64 for women's fencing at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Saturday, July in London.

Artur Akhmatkhuzin of Russia celebrates after beating Richard Kruse of Great Britain during the round of 32 Men’s Foil Individual on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 31, 2012 in London, England.    Photo by: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

Artur Akhmatkhuzin of Russia celebrates after beating Richard Kruse of Great Britain during the round of 32 Men’s Foil Individual on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at ExCeL on July 2012 in London, England. Photo by: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

Andrew Hoy of Australia competes in the Show Jumping Equestrian event

Andrew Hoy of Australia riding Rutherglen in action in the Show Jumping Equestrian event on Day 4 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Greenwich Park on July 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Alexy Cheremisinov of Russia and Jamie Kenber of Great Britain compete in the Men's Foil Team Final at the Fencing Invitational, part of the "London Prepares" series at ExCel in London, on November 27, 2011. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Alexy Cheremisinov of Russia and Jamie Kenber of Great Britain compete in the Men's Foil Team Final at the Fencing Invitational, part of the "London Prepares" series at ExCel in London, on November (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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