Family Wife Ines Boubakri, son Noham
Residence Paris, FRA
Occupation Athlete, Sports Teacher
Higher education Communications - National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP]: Paris, FRA
|St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2005-03-25||La Coruña (SPAIN), 2009-01-31||Venise (ITALY), 2006-02-10|
|Copenhague (DENMARK), 2007-01-13||La Coruña (SPAIN), 2012-02-17||Copenhague (DENMARK), 2008-01-05|
|Venise (ITALY), 2007-03-23||Séoul (KOREA), 2013-04-26||La Coruña (SPAIN), 2010-02-06|
|Isla de Margarita (VENEZUELA), 2007-06-15||Le Caire (EGYPT), 2019-03-01||Bonn (GERMANY), 2016-02-05|
|Bonn (GERMANY), 2008-03-01||Tokyo (JAPAN), 2016-11-11|
|Montréal (CANADA), 2008-05-29||St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2019-05-03|
|Paris (FRANCE), 2011-01-28|
|Tokyo (JAPAN), 2017-11-10|
|TORUN (POLAND), 2016-06-20||Gand (BELGIUM), 2007-07-02|
|Strasbourg (FRANCE), 2014-06-07|
|Espinho (PORTUGAL), 2003-05-16||Paris (FRANCE), 2005-01-21||La Havane (CUBA), 2007-06-10|
|La Havane (CUBA), 2005-06-24||Le Caire (EGYPT), 2005-03-18||Paris (FRANCE), 2008-01-25|
|Le Caire (EGYPT), 2007-05-25||Shanghai (CHINA), 2008-05-02||Shanghai (CHINA), 2015-05-15|
|Shanghai (CHINA), 2009-05-01||Shanghai (CHINA), 2017-05-19|
|Shanghai (CHINA), 2011-05-09|
|Venise (ITALY), 2012-03-03|
When and where did you begin this sport? He took up the sport at age seven at the Club de Gardanne in France.
Why this sport? "I tried football, horse riding, judo, karate, but none of those sports stuck with me. [With fencing] I was taken by the ambience. I finished second-last in my first competition but I got a medal for participating. Six months later, I won the departmental championship. I've always used foil and it works well for me. The foil is more subtle than epee and faster than sabre. I was lucky because it's the discipline I prefer."
Club / Team Escrime Pays d'Aix: Aix-en-Provence, FRA
Name of coach Emeric Clos [national], FRA
Training Regime He trains for up to 25 hours a week at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP] in Paris, France.
Nicknames Petit Homme [Little Man]. (NOC, 21 Jul 2012)
Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold in team foil at the 2005 World Championships in Leipzig, Germany. (sans-filtre.fr, 2018)
Injuries A left shoulder injury he sustained at the end of 2009 stopped him training until January 2010. (lequipe.fr, 06 Nov 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Have fun with the sport and consider it a game." (NOC Media Guide, 2016)
Famous relatives His wife Ines Boubakri has represented Tunisia in fencing. She is the first female African fencer to win an Olympic medal, claiming bronze in individual foil at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (letelegramme.fr, 13 Aug 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 26 Jun 2015; pianetascherma.com, 02 Aug 2014)
Other information OLYMPIC COUPLE
He is married to Tunisian fencer Ines Boubakri, who is also an Olympic medallist. "She is very important to me, sometimes she can find the right words that coaches cannot. It is important that she talks to me. She helps me on tactics but mainly she gives me psychological support." (FIE Fencing's YouTube channel, 13 Mar 2017; rfi.fr, 13 Aug 2016)
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