Shin thought she was through to the final of the women’s epee, but the clock was then reset from zero to one second and she lost to German Britta Heidemann, then after long discussions while she remained on the piste she lost her bronze medal contest as well.
The International Fencing Federation — FIE — proposed giving the 25-year-old a special medal for “aspiration to win and respect for the rules”, but Shin, who competes in the team event tomorrow, was still not happy.
She said: “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.”
Korean Olympic Committee secretary general Choi Jong-Jun said: “We are going to make a formal request to the IOC to investigate and also we request an apology from the FIE.”
Meanwhile, China made badminton headlines for the right reasons as Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei produced a world-class performance to claim Olympic gold at Wembley Arena.
The top seeds were far too strong for their compatriots and second seeds Xu Chen and Ma Jin to take gold.