BAKU-2015


France's 'papy' grabs second Fencing gold

Baku, June 27, AZERTAC

Ivan Trevejo grabbed his second Fencing gold of the European Games by guiding France towards the men's team epee title.

The 43-year-old Trevejo, who won a silver medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games for Cuba, completed a remarkable comeback after nearly a decade out of the sport when he won the individual epee title in Baku.

The naturalised Frenchman said he was "surfing a wave" of success after his country's comfortable 45-32 victory over Russia together with Yannick Borel, Ronan Gustin and individual bronze medallist Daniel Jerent.

Russia had individual silver medallist Sergey Khodos in their ranks, but the left-handed Trevejo showed superb form throughout and scored the winning hit against the Russian in the final leg.

"I'm surfing the wave now and I just want it to continue this way," said Trevejo, who is affectionately known as 'papy chulo' by team-mate Jerent. "Then I'm confident that it will help me a lot to achieve my goal, which is the Rio Olympics in 2016."

Italy took the bronze medal after a controversial protest that was the talk of the Crystal Hall.

The Swiss thought they had beaten Italy 39-38 halfway through a sudden death minute when Michele Niggeler secured a hit on Italy's Marco Fichera.

But the Italian launched an official protest, claiming that a full minute of sudden death needed to be completed because the referee had put the bout into a "non-combative" situation. This happens when officials feel the fencing is too defensive.

The Italian protest was upheld. When Niggeler and Fichera returned to action after a 20-minute break for the heated discussions, Fichera turned the match around for a 44-40 Italian victory.

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