The French fencers proved their championship status by winning the men's team foil final bout at the World Fencing Championships in Kazan.
Just like in the women's team foil tournament, the men's first playoff round results didn't bring any surprises. Eight top seeded teams progressed to the quarterfinal where the bouts were more unpredictable.
The US team failed to overcome China, dropping the meet, 41-45. The Russian fencers had a tense bout against the Korean team but the world champion in the women's individual foil, Alexey CHEREMISINOV, saved the meet, 45-43. The French team beat Germany, 45-42, and only Italy posted a convincing victory over Great Britain.
Russia and France faced each other in the semi. These teams have met quite often at the World Fencing Championship in Kazan. If the Russian women's team managed to reach the final after defeating France, the men’s team failed to meet the same task. Alexey CHEREMISINOV tried to save the day in the last bout, but it was hard to repeat the same winning performance he had earlier produced in the bout against Korea, 40-45. The Chinese team became the second finalist by beating the Italian fencers, 45-39.
"The French were in a better form. And we failed to show our best performance. The entire bout was ups and downs. We lacked an even play," said Dmitry RIGIN to reporters.
But the Asian team had no strength left for the final bout. Led by Enzo LEFORT, the French took a comfortable win not having allowed their opponents even reach 30 points, 45-25. In the bronze medal match, the Italians confidently defeated the Russian team that, just like a year ago, missed out on a podium spot, finishing in fourth place.
France was represented by Enzo LEFORT, Erwan LE PECHOUX, Vincent SIMON and Julien MERTINE.
On the closing day of the fencing tournament, medals will be contested in the men's and women's epee.
Press Department of Executive Directorate for Sports Projects