Print Biography / Save as PDF 
BOREL Yannick
NOC France   
Born 05 Nov 1988 in Pointe--Pitre, GLP
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Annia, son Andre, daughter Anelia [2017]
Residence Paris, FRA
Occupation Athlete, Customs Officer
Languages Creole, French
Higher education Physical Education - National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP]: Paris, FRA
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport in 1998 in Point-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe.
Why this sport? He developed an interest in fencing after a demonstration at his school, and was also inspired by Zorro. "I wanted to do karate but there was no competition available so I decided to try fencing. I chose epee because it's more expressive than foil, where the referee is too present."
Club / Team Levallois SC: France
Name of coach Sebastien Barrois [national], FRA
Handedness Right
International Debut
Year 2009
Competing for France
Tournament World Cup
Location Tallinn, EST
General Interest
Nicknames Zlatan ["When I came to France we played a lot of football-tennis as well as football, and I would take things pretty seriously. As soon as I got the ball I always attacked, even when I wasn't really in a position to do so. So they started calling me 'Zlatan'."] (Facebook page, 05 Jun 2019; YouTube channel, 02 Feb 2019)
Hobbies Playing video games, going to the cinema, fishing. (Facebook page, 14 May 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in team epee at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, claiming three consecutive individual European titles from 2016 to 2018, and securing an individual world title in 2018. (, 23 Jun 2019;, 14 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career French fencer Ulrich Robeiri. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012)
Hero / Idol French fencers Laura Flessel-Colovic, Fabrice Jeannet and Jerome Jeannet. (, 05 Jan 2018; Athlete, 03 Jul 2012)
Injuries He required surgery in August 2018 after injuring his right wrist. He required six months of rehabilitation, and returned to competition in January 2019. (, 28 Jan 2019;, 28 Jan 2019)
Sporting philosophy / motto "I've never really been afraid of other fencers, but I no longer tell myself that others are stronger than me. I tell myself that I am at their level, and that in any match anything can happen. In that respect, I'm not afraid of anyone, not even the Olympic, world or European champion." (, 16 Mar 2012)
Awards and honours He was named a Knight of the Legion of Honour by the French president in 2016 following his gold medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (, 23 Dec 2016)

He was France's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russian Federation. (, 26 Jun 2013)
Ambitions To win an individual Olympic gold medal. (, 23 Jul 2018)
He was born and raised in Guadeloupe, a French overseas region in the Caribbean. At age 15 he was invited by the then France national coach, Jerome Roussat, to join the national junior training centre in Reims, France. However, his parents refused the invitation and he had to wait until he had finished his high school studies in 2007 before he could leave Guadeloupe for France. In 2019 he launched the Yannick Borel Challenge, a youth fencing tournament in Pointe-a-Pitre, Guadeloupe. The male and female winner of the tournament each receive the opportunity to travel to Paris to take part in training with Borel. (Facebook page, 17 Apr 2019;, 05 Jan 2018)

In August 2017 he became a member of the International Fencing Federation [FIE] Athletes' Commission. (, 04 Aug 2017)

He works for French customs [douanes] under a special contract for elite athletes that allows him to train and compete internationally. (Twitter profile, 29 May 2019)

Major Results
Year Rank Event Venue
Olympic Games
2016 1 Team Epee Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2016 Quarterfinal Individual Epee Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2012 Quarterfinal Individual Epee London, England
World Championships
2018 1 Individual Epee Wuxi, China
2018 4 Team Epee Wuxi, China
2017 1 Team Epee Leipzig, Germany
2012 2 Team Epee Kiev, Ukraine
2011 1 Team Epee Catania, Italy
European Championships
2018 1 Individual Epee Novi Sad, Serbia
2018 2 Team Epee Novi Sad, Serbia
2017 1 Individual Epee Tbilisi, Georgia
2017 Final 5-6 Team Epee Tbilisi, Georgia
2016 1 Individual Epee Torun, Poland