They are phenomenal. The French men’s fencing team, made up of Romain Cannone, Yannick Borel, Alex Fava and Alexandre Bardenet, was crowned world champion at the 2022 World Fencing Championships, this Friday in Cairo.
The Blues, defending champions since 2019, beat their great Italian rivals 45 to 42 in the final to offer the tricolor delegation its sixth medal of the Egyptian week, its fourth in gold.
Raid on the medals
Since the Tokyo Olympics last summer, French epee fencers have raided the medals at major events with an individual Olympic title for Cannone, the European title for Yannick Borel and a team bronze medal at the European Championships last month, before Cairo’s golden double.
To reach the final, Hugues Obry’s shooters, who returned to France after a remarkable stint at the head of the Chinese team, beat the Swiss 45 to 42 in the quarter-finals, then the Hungarians 45 to 37 in the semi-finals. -final.
In the final, it was not until the penultimate stint, that of Alexandre Bardenet who sickened Federico Vismara 5 to 2, that the Blues took a definitive advantage against the Italians.
Women’s Foil Bronze
The French women’s foil team won the bronze medal by defeating the Japanese in the match for 3rd place 40 to 34. They were trailing 28 to 26 before a dazzling last stint from Pauline Ranvier (7 -1) who outclassed his Japanese opponent.
The French, with Ysaora Thibus, crowned individual world champion this week, lost 45 to 35 in the semi-finals against the Americans.