European Championship – 15-1: Yannick Borel did not make any detail in the final and won the European title - DALTONHURD

European Championship – 15-1: Yannick Borel did not make any detail in the final and won the European title

Tokyo had hurt him. Excessively. Eliminated in the first round of the Olympic event and deprived of the only individual title he lacks, Yannick Borel had hesitated to put away his weapon. He did not do it. He did well. Very well done. On Sunday, the French won a fourth title of European champion in individual epee, after a rather unique show of force in the final.

It’s simple, Tristan Tulen did not see the light of day and touched the Frenchman for the first time in the third round. Borel then led 12-0. The Dutch left-hander, 57th in the world, had a nightmarish evening as Yannick Borel brought all his experience and solidity to bear. On arrival, a score without appeal and not far from being surreal: 15-1.

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La Marseillaise after the gold medal in the sword: the emotion of Borel at the top of the European podium

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Europe, preserve

After a hiccuping start to the day, Borel won his fourth individual continental title (the sixth in total) and, at 33, has a little more XXL record. Europe is also a real preserve since the epee title has escaped him only once during the last five editions of the competition. Since 2016, only the 2019 edition, won by Yuval Freilich, had escaped him. Then there was the covid. And then after the covid, Borel again.

La Marseillaise after the gold medal in the sword: the emotion of Borel at the top of the European podium

In half, the 33-year-old Frenchman had overcome Max Heinzer. The Swiss, 16th in the world, had taken the lead, leading 5-2 in the middle of the first period. But Borel quickly resurfaced. 5-5 at the end of the first period. After that, the quadruple world champion has mastered the debates. Until the final, where he managed to offer a first gold medal to the tricolor clan. Romain Cannone, reigning Olympic champion and world number 1, and Alexander Bardenet were eliminated in the first round.

The other medal of the day comes from the sabreuses clan since Sara Balzer won bronze. A bronze that has a little bitter taste as the Olympic team vice-champion collapsed after leading for a long time against Gregorio. From 11-5 in his favor to defeat, Balzer had a complicated end to the half (defeat 11-15). She nevertheless won her first individual medal. These two medals are in addition to the four others, all in bronze, obtained during the first two days.

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