South Korea’s Shin reacts after being defeated by Germany’s Heidemann during their women’s epee individual semifinal fencing competition at the ExCel venue at the London 2012 Olympic Games

Shin A-Lam reacts after her loss in the semifinals. (Max Rossi/Reuters)

Shin A-Lam reacts after her loss in the semifinals. (Max Rossi/Reuters)

South Korea’s Shin A Lam reacts after being defeated by Germany’s Britta Heidemann during their women’s epee individual semifinal fencing competition at the ExCel venue at the London 2012 Olympic Games July 30, 2012. Losing at the Olympics hurts. But suffering an injustice, real or imagined, is agony. The 2012 Games have been peppered with debatable refereeing, a technical glitch in fencing, post-race relegation and – this one a first – the controversial expulsion of eight badminton players judged to have broken the spirit, but not the rules, of their sport. Shin A-lam sat on the fencing piste, weeping, for an hour in protest at her elimination from the epee semi-final. She thought she had triumphed over Heidemann, only to see a single second put back on the clock during which she was hit, and eliminated. Picture taken July 30, 2012. REUTERS/Max Rossi (BRITAIN – Tags: OLYMPICS SPORT FENCING)