Three thrusts and a parry to Romain Cannone of the New York Fencing Academy and his team for the coupe of a lifetime — winning the junior championship in the men’s epee team event.
Romain, also winner of the individual bronze medal at the Basel World Cup, was selected to compete for France at the European Fencing Championships in Maribor, Slovenia.
It was a dream come true, he claimed.
“It is really the competition everyone wants to go to,” said our pal Romain, who reposted, thrust, and lunged to score eight points, helping his team win 45–41.
Romain used his novice rank to his advantage and showed the Hungarian team just what he could do. He feinted and lunged his way through the match and increased his team’s lead to 31–29. The Hungarian team made a comeback and tied the match, but Romain held his blade and led the team to victory, trouncing the opponents 45–44.
“I just knew my team was going to win,” he boasted.
Congratulations to Romain, who led the French and New York Fencing Academy team to their first ever Junior European title.
New York Fencing Academy [2896 W. 12th St. between Neptune and Surf avenues in Coney Island, (718) 996–0426].