Mondiaux escrime - Et un troisième titre pour les Français : Enzo Lefort conserve sa couronne fleuret !

Mondiaux escrime – Et un troisième titre pour les Français : Enzo Lefort conserve sa couronne fleuret !

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He had finished the individual tournament in Tokyo “frustrated” and “disappointed”. And if the Olympic title won by team a few days later had brought back his infectious smile, Enzo Lefort was keen to put the dots back on the i’s during these world championships in Cairo. And he did it brilliantly after having to wait three years to defend his title due to the cessation of competitions due to the Covid pandemic.

Here he is, double world champion after his breathtaking victory in the final (15-14) against the Italian Tommaso Marini, 3rd in the world. He also becomes the seventh foil fencer to retain his title of world champion, the first since the illustrious Peter Joppich (2006-2007).

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A final won with the decisive touch

At 30, Enzo Lefort, bronze medalist in 2014, demonstrated on Wednesday that he is still at the top of his game. Absent from the European Championships in Antalya last June due to a calf problem, the Tokyo Olympic team champion has set the record straight for his return to the spotlight. Eliminated in the quarter-finals in Tokyo in the individual draw, however, he had some scares on Wednesday.

Already close to the exit in the second round where he found himself led 10 to 2 by Daniel Giacon, the 2019 world champion had to work against the American Nick Itkin in the semi-final to win the decisive touch after having yet taken off. And in the final, he experienced a similar scenario. After a show to take off on the scoreboard (10-4), he saw Tommaso Marini pick up 10-10, then 14-14 before making his experience speak again to win again at the decisive touch. As a boss!

Suspense to the last touch: Lefort scared himself before the foil final

Three individual titles for the Blues … before the team events

If he makes history and let his joy explode before being celebrated by his teammates, Enzo Lefort allows the France team to stay on his cloud with this new coronation. If Maxime Pianfetti had launched these Worlds with a silver medal on Monday, the tricolor delegation has impressed since. After the gold medals of Ysaora Thibus and Romain Cannone on Tuesday, the Guadeloupean already brings the Blues their third title in Egypt. Out of six distributed so far! A real raid.

It’s certainly not over. If the individual events are over, the team competitions begin this Thursday, with some hopes still for the tricolor clan to add new medals in their suitcases before leaving Egypt. Given the start of the week, there is indeed something to be ambitious about. And to think that we will still experience beautiful emotions.

He too was entitled to it: the Marseillaise full of emotions for Lefort, sacred to foil

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