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fencers Enzo Lefort and Manon Apithy-Brunet selected without surprise

2024-03-29 16:15:43

The foil fencer Enzo Lefort and the saber fencer Manon Apithy-Brunet are unsurprisingly among the first French fencers selected for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games, according to the list unveiled Friday March 29 by the national Olympic committee (CNSOF). The fencers selected in the other four weapons remain to be revealed and the composition of the women’s foil will be the last revealed. It must be announced, according to the Federation, during the final consultative commission for the CNOSF Olympic selections, on July 5, taking into account the situation of its headliner Ysaora Thibus, provisionally suspended due to a positive test for an anabolic agent, ostarine, while waiting to perhaps prove contamination. In addition to Manon Apithy-Brunet, individual bronze medalist at the last Games, world number 1 Sara Balzer obviously appears in the list of three starters, like Cécilia Berder. Or the trio of Olympic team vice-champions in Tokyo. On the foil side, there is also a bonus for medalists: all the Olympic team champions are retained, except the retired Erwann Le Péchoux who became coach of Japan. As a reminder, the French delegation can field three shooters per weapon (priority the holders) in the individual tournaments at the Games thanks to its full success in the team qualification process. The Blues are even in the top 4 in the world in each of the six weapons and are the only nation in this situation.

Published on: 03/29/2024 – 5:15 p.m.

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French foil fencer Enzo Lefort against Chinese Chen Li in the match for the team bronze medal at the World Championships, July 19, 2015 in Moscow AFP

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