BOREL Yannick


Personal Information

Family Wife Annia, son Andre, daughter Anelia [2017]

Residence Paris, FRA

Occupation Athlete, Customs Officer

Languages Creole, English, French

Higher education Physical Education - National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP]: Paris, FRA

License number 05111988002


World Cup-448
Heidenheim (GERMANY), 2015-01-22Legnano (ITALY), 2012-01-27
Heidenheim (GERMANY), 2017-01-26Buenos Aires (ARGENTINA), 2016-11-18
Paris (FRANCE), 2017-05-12Vancouver (CANADA), 2017-02-17
Vancouver (CANADA), 2022-12-09Vancouver (CANADA), 2018-02-16
World Championship1--1
Wuxi (CHINA), 2018-07-20
Zone Championships4--4
TORUN (POLAND), 2016-06-21
Tbilisi (GEORGIA), 2017-06-13
Novi Sad (SERBIA), 2018-06-17
Antalya (TÜRKIYE), 2022-06-19
Grand Prix5128
Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2015-05-22Budapest (HUNGARY), 2020-03-06Doha (QATAR), 2015-12-04
Cali (COLOMBIA), 2018-05-25Doha (QATAR), 2023-01-28
Doha (QATAR), 2019-01-25
Doha (QATAR), 2022-01-28
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2022-04-29

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 Hugues Obry [national], FRA; Gauthier Grumier [national], FRA

Handedness Right

International Debut

Year 2009

Competing for France

General Interest

Nicknames Le Boss, Le Lion (offensivesportmag.fr, 30 Jan 2022)

Hobbies Playing video games, going to the cinema, fishing. (Facebook page, 14 May 2018)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in individual epee at the 2018 World Championships in Wuxi, People's Republic of China. (Sport en France YouTube channel, 05 Jan 2022)

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. (100-pour-cent-antilles.com, 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. (lequipe.fr, 28 Jan 2019; escrime-ffe.fr, 28 Jan 2019)

Sporting philosophy / motto "The talent is already there, I just need to let the artist speak." (insep.fr, 23 Jul 2021)

"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 voted the French Fencing Federation's [FFE] male ambassador of French fencing for 2021. (la1ere.francetvinfo.fr, 08 Apr 2021)

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 World University Games in Kazan, Russian Federation. (sport-u.com, 26 Jun 2013)

Ambitions To win an individual Olympic gold medal, and to compete at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (lemonde.fr, 23 Jul 2018; eurosport.co.uk, 13 Apr 2020)

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; 100-pour-cent-antilles.com, 05 Jan 2018)

In August 2017 he became a member of the International Fencing Federation [FIE] Athletes' Commission. (fie.org, 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, 20 Apr 2021)


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