London: Elisa Di Francisca won an Olympic gold medal in fencing's individual foil on Saturday, beating Arianna Errigo 12-11 in extra time of an all-Italian final.
Di Francisca, who was the 2010 world champion, upset top-ranked Nam Hyun-Hee of Korea by the same score in the semi-finals.
In the other semi-final, Errigo beat three-time defending champion Valentina Vezzali 15-12, denying her Italian team-mate a change to become the first female athlete to win individual gold at four consecutive Olympics.
Vezzali won a tense battle for bronze 13-12 against Nam.
The 38-year-old Vezzali won gold at every Olympics since 2000. With another gold medal, she would have equaled the record held by three male athletes — sailor Paul Elvstrom of Denmark, discus thrower Al Oerter and long jumper Carl Lewis, both of the United States.The Italian beat Arianna Errigo 12-11 in extra time to claim a gold in London 2012 Fencing.