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BOREL Yannick
NOC France   
GenderMen
Born 05 Nov 1988
Height1.97 m
Weight 100 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Marital status * unknown *
Family Partner Annia, son Andre
Residence Paris, FRA
Occupation Athlete, Customs Officer
Languages Creole, French
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. "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 (Facebook profile, 23 May 2012)
Hobbies Video games, cinema, fishing. (Facebook page, 18 Jun 2017)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in the men's team epee at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (fie.org, 14 Aug 2016)
Most influential person in career French fencer Ulrich Robeiri. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012)
Hero / Idol French fencers Fabrice Jeannet and Jerome Jeannet. (Athlete, 03 Jul 2012)
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." (sports.fr, 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. (lequipe.fr, 23 Dec 2016)

He was France's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2013 University Games in Kazan, Russian Federation. (sport-u.com, 26 Jun 2013)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (Facebook page, 27 Apr 2017)
Other information OCCUPATION
He has worked for France's national customs service since 2012, which allows him to train and compete at elite level while maintaining a professional career. (espritbleu.franceolympique.com; 22 Jun 2016)

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
2017 1 Team Epee Leipzig, Germany
2012 2 Team Epee Kiev, Ukraine
2011 1 Team Epee Catania, Italy
European Championships
2017 1 Individual Epee Tbilisi, Georgia
2017 Final 5-6 Team Epee Tbilisi, Georgia
2016 1 Individual Epee Torun, Poland