Tokyo Olympics: French foilists Olympic champions

They gave the Blues their fifth gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. The French foilists won the Olympic title against the Russians competing under the neutral flag (45-28), Sunday 1er August in Chiba.

The French, finalists in Rio against the Russians, thus won their first men’s foil title since Sydney-2000. This is the 21e French medal in Tokyo.

In the final, Enzo Lefort, 2019 world champion, and Erwann le Pechoux, both silver medalists at Rio-2016, as well as Julien Mertine, did not have much trouble to dominate (45-28) the twin brothers Anton and Kirill Borodachev (21), until then only titled in the juniors, supported by Timur Safin, who was already part of the Russian Olympic champion team in Rio.

Revenge on Rio

Without really trembling, despite a few more laborious stints, the Blues, who had lost in Rio after dominating a good part of the match, took their revenge. With five medals, including two titles (boys in foil and Romain Cannone in épée), French fencing in Tokyo is doing better than in Rio-2016 (3 medals, including one title).

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Manon Brunet won bronze in saber on Monday, foilists Ysaora Thibus, Pauline Ranvier, Astrid Guyart and Anita Blaze brought in silver from Tokyo on Thursday, as did sabers Manon Brunet, Cécilia Berder, Sara Balzer and Charlotte Lembach, Saturday.


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