Maxime Pauty, European bronze medalist in foil

Maxime Pauty, European bronze medalist in foil

Team champion in Tokyo, the 30-year-old foil fencer won bronze at the Euro in Basel on Tuesday.

Successful general rehearsal for Maxime Pauty. The foil fencer won a bronze medal on Tuesday at the European Fencing Championships in Basel, less than six weeks before the Paris Olympic Games. The Olympic team champion in Tokyo obtained his first individual medal in a major championship at the age of 30.

Like a wink to the day of the 18th NBA coronation of the Boston Celtics, of which he is a devotee. “Two years ago, I went to see an NBA Finals game in Boston. It was a bit of a pilgrimage for me, says Maxime Pauty. It touched me that they won.”

After dominating world No.8 Guillaume Bianchi in the quarter-finals (15-13), he lost in the semi-final (15-7) to another Transalpine Alessio Foconi, No.15. Enough to get on the podium in the absence of a match for third place.

“I had already reached the quarter-finals twice at the European Championships and lost both times 15-14. When I got closer to victory, I felt that emotionally I was starting to remember bad memories.”he delivers. “I remained lucid, I didn’t give him a single touch and so that allowed me to finish even if it was close.”

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