Personal Information

Family Husband Erwann Le Pechoux

Residence France

Occupation Athlete

Languages Arabic, English, French

Higher education Sports Science - Paris-Est Creteil University: France

License number 28121988000


World Cup--22
Tauberbischofsheim (GERMANY), 2014-03-14
Gdansk (POLAND), 2015-01-16
World Championship--22
Kazan (RUSSIA), 2014-07-16
Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-20
Zone Championships131317
Alger (ALGERIA), 2007-07-14Le Caire (EGYPT), 2015-06-12Le Caire (EGYPT), 2011-07-21
Casablanca (MOROCCO), 2008-04-27Cape Town (SOUTH AFRICA), 2013-06-26
Dakar (SENEGAL), 2009-08-07Tunis (TUNISIA), 2018-06-05
Tunis (TUNISIA), 2010-09-25
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2011-07-21
Casablanca (MOROCCO), 2012-04-20
Cape Town (SOUTH AFRICA), 2013-06-25
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2014-06-22
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2015-06-14
Alger (ALGERIA), 2016-04-15
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2017-06-10
Tunis (TUNISIA), 2018-06-07
Bamako (MALI), 2019-06-26
Grand Prix--11
Shanghai (CHINA), 2015-05-15
Olympic Games--11
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2016-08-10
Brazaville (CONGO), 2015-09-02

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age five in Tunis, Tunisia.

Why this sport? She spent time in fencing halls with her mother, who was involved in the sport and also became her first coach. "My family are all athletes. They have motivated me on my fencing journey. I have always had people around me encouraging my passion. Sport is my life, because it has taught me so much. It taught me how to behave as a women, as a friend, and as a sister. I would be lost without fencing.

Club / Team BLR 92: Bourg-la-Reine, FRA

Handedness Left

General Interest

Hobbies Fashion. (Instagram profile, 01 Jan 2021)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning a bronze medal in individual foil at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (tokyo2020.org, 28 Jul 2020)

Most influential person in career Coach Sergei Tikhonov, her family, and her husband Erwan Le Pechoux. (tokyo2020.org, 28 Jul 2020; asbr-escrime.fr, 23 May 2012)

Injuries She suffered a knee injury while at a training camp in the United Arab Emirates in 2020. (thenationalnews.com, 27 Jan 2021)

She suffered a knee injury ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. She was still able to compete at the Games in Rio de Janeiro, but underwent surgery in September 2016 and needed seven months to recover. She returned to competition in April 2017. (FIE Fencing Channel YouTube channel, 27 Nov 2017; Facebook page, 30 Apr 2017; infosfoot.net, 25 Dec 2016; Instagram profile, 19 Sep 2016)

Sporting philosophy / motto "When I enter a competition, I'm more aggressive. I've been like this since I was a child. My mother was the same, she was aggressive and loved winning. She was very passionate about fencing and I feel like that came to me naturally, That helped me a lot through many difficulties I faced in the sport of fencing. As an Arab, as an African, as a woman, coming from a country with no fencing culture, you have to prove yourself." (thenationalnews.com, 27 Jan 2021)

Awards and honours She was named the 2016 Female Athlete of the Year by Tunis Afrique Presse. (Facebook page, 01 Oct 2016; espacemanager.com, 25 Dec 2016)

Milestones She became the first Tunisian fencer to win a medal at the Olympic Games when she claimed bronze in individual foil at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. She was also the first Tunisian fencer to finish on the podium at the world championships after winning bronze in individual epee at the 2014 edition of the tournament in Moscow, Russian Federation. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Jun 2018; citroen.tn, 17 Dec 2015)

Famous relatives Her husband Erwan Le Pechoux has represented France in fencing, and won gold in team foil at the 2017 European Championships in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her mother Henda Zaouali competed in fencing for Tunisia at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. (SportsDeskOnline, 21 Jun 2018; asbr-escrime.fr, 23 May 2012)

Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, and to become a physical education teacher and open a fencing academy in the Middle East or Tunisia. (thenationalnews.com, 27 Jan 2021)

She has considered retiring from the sport following the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. "I never thought of stopping my career after Tokyo, but when the Games were postponed, and with all my injuries and everything, I told myself, 'Okay, I think it's going to be my last Olympics', because I want to respect myself and I want to finish at the top. For now, I'm just focused on the Olympics and I'll see what happens after that. But I'm not going to lie, it has crossed my mind that I may stop after Tokyo. I'm a person who wants to experience other things because I'm not getting a lot of money from fencing. So as an independent woman, I have diplomas and I want to make another career in something else." (thenationalnews.com, 27 Jan 2021)

She is based in France but after much of Europe entered lockdown in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she began training in the United Arab Emirates. "Going to the Olympics without enough competition under your belt, without knowing where your level is at, that's the pressure I am feeling at the moment. I quickly spoke to my coach and I booked a flight overnight to come to Dubai. It was a spontaneous idea and I do not regret it." (thenationalnews.com, 27 Jan 2021)

She has studied for a master's degree in sport expertise and high level performance at Paris Descartes University in France. She is also a certified physical education teacher. (thenationalnews.com, 27 Jan 2021; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jan 2017; escrime-xxi.fie.org; 21 Aug 2016)


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