Personal Information

Family Partner Kitesy, daughter Indya [2019]

Residence Paris, FRA

Occupation Athlete

Languages English, French

Higher education Kinesiology - National School of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation [ENKRE]: Saint-Maurice, FRA

License number 29091991001


World Cup1179
Paris (FRANCE), 2014-01-17Bonn (GERMANY), 2017-02-10La Havane (CUBA), 2014-05-23
Tokyo (JAPAN), 2014-11-07
Paris (FRANCE), 2015-01-16
Bonn (GERMANY), 2018-11-09
Paris (FRANCE), 2020-01-10
Bonn (GERMANY), 2022-11-11
Cairo (EGYPT), 2023-02-23
World Championship2-13
Budapest (HUNGARY), 2019-07-17Kazan (RUSSIA), 2014-07-16
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2022-07-17
Zone Championships--11
Düsseldorf (GERMANY), 2019-06-17
Grand Prix-224
St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2014-03-01Turin (ITALY), 2016-12-02
Venise (ITALY), 2014-03-15Turin (ITALY), 2017-12-01

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age five in Basse-Terre, Guadeloupe.

Why this sport? He was inspired to take up the sport after watching French fencer Laura Flessel-Colovic compete at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta on television. "The foil suits me, because the objective and main priority is to attack. It's more lively, and I am more of an active fencer than a tactical one, so it's a weapon that suits me."

Club / Team Cercle d'Escrime Melun Val de Seine [CEMVS]: Paris, FRA

Name of coach Emeric Clos [national], FRA; Amir Shabakehsaz [national], FRA

Handedness Right

General Interest

Nicknames Zozo (Facebook profile, 12 Jan 2021)

Hobbies Photography. (lequipe.fr, 09 Sep 2021; enzolefort.com, 01 Dec 2020)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in team foil at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (TV5Monde Info YouTube channel, 01 Aug 2021)

Hero / Idol French fencer and politician Laura Flessel-Colovic. (rmcsport.bfmtv.com, 04 Dec 2021; actu.fr, 30 Jul 2019)

Injuries He injured his left knee in 2012. (leparisien.fr, 28 Jan 2013)

Awards and honours He was flag bearer for France at the opening ceremony of the 2017 World Military Championships in Acireale, Italy. (Instagram profile, 13 Sep 2017; Facebook page, 13 Sep 2017)

In 2016 he was named Knight of the National Order of Merit by the French government. In 2021 he was named a Knight of the National Order of the Legion of Honour by the French government. (legifrance.gouv.fr, 01 Dec 2016, 10 Sep 2021; Federation Francaise d'Escrime Twitter profile, 13 Sep 2021)

In 2016 he received the medal of the city of Melun, France. (actu.fr, 15 Oct 2016)

Ambitions To win gold at the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. (leparisien.fr, 15 Jan 2022)

Other information PHOTOGRAPHY
He became passionate about photography after coming into contact with a number of photographers and producers during his career. In 2020 he published a book named 'Behind the Mask', which focuses on the diversity of the French national fencing team. "This project was born out of a desire to make a tribute to the diversity there is within the team. Since I joined it I've been surrounded by people with different origins. And growing up alongside these people allowed me to become aware of different cultures and points of view. I wouldn't be the man I am now without experiencing this diversity. Photography helps me to express my creative side outside fencing." In 2021 he published another book titled 'Hors Piste' [Off the Court], which focuses on Tokyo, Japan, the city where he won gold at the 2020 Olympic Games. (lequipe.fr, 09 Sep 2021; Bros Stories YouTube channel, 12 Jan 2021; enzolefort.com, 01 Dec 2020)

He was born in French Guiana, an overseas region of France in the Caribbean, to parents from Guadeloupe. The family moved to Gourbeyre, Guadeloupe, when he was age three. As a teenager his talent saw him offered the chance to move to mainland France to join the national training hub [Pole France] in Chatenay-Malabry, and in 2010 he entered the National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris. (horace.co, 2018; INSEP TV YouTube Channel, 18 Jan 2017; 97land.com, 22 Aug 2015)

He completed a degree in physiotherapy in 2018, and has also worked as a social media manager for his partner's business and the Sport Etude magazine in France. "Fencing remains an amateur sport that doesn't attract many sponsors. Our careers may last until we are 34 or 35 years old, so I have to add a few more strings to my bow. It helps me to think about other things [than fencing], which is very important if things aren't going well. Our sport is very mental, and you have to be able to just let some things go." (Facebook page, 04 Jul 2018; horace.co, 01 Jun 2018)

He joined the French air force as part of the 'Army of Champions' programme for elite athletes. (sports.defense.gouv.fr, 18 Sep 2018)


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