August 13, 2008 / 2:53 PM / 10 years ago

UPDATE 2-Olympics-Fencing-Heidemann doubles up for Germany

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By Gelu Sulugiuc

BEIJING, Aug 13 (Reuters) - Britta Heidemann brought Germany their second fencing gold in 30 minutes at the Olympic Games when she beat Romanian Ana Branza 15-11 in the women’s individual epee on Wednesday. In a battle of the two top-ranked fencers in the event, world number one Heidemann quickly built a comfortable 6-2 lead.

Hovering like a cobra over her opponent, Heidemann, a one-time Playboy model, kept left-hander Branza at bay and never let the gap get closer than two points in the final period.

“I’m really happy it was the number one fencing the number two, it was the best final ever,” the 25-year-old Heidemann told reporters. “I’m happy that it worked out for me.”

Heidemann, also the 2007 world champion, said she still had not completely processed the fact that she had won.

“I’m pretty calm for an Olympic champion,” she said. “Maybe in a few hours or maybe tomorrow it will sink in.”

Branza, 23, said Heidemann had been too strong for her in the final.

“I’m athletic compared to the other girls and it’s an advantage,” the 1.80-metre German said. “I’m happy that I’m fencing like a man.”

In the bronze medal match, Ildiko Mincza-Nebald of Hungary beat China’s Li Na 15-11.

Earlier on Wednesday, Benjamin Kleibrink won Germany’s first men’s foil gold since the event was introduced at the first modern Olympic Games in 1896.

(Additional reporting by Ralph Jennings and Edwin Chan; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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