Residence Basel, SUI
Occupation Athlete, Teacher
Languages English, German
Higher education Physical Education - University of Basel: Switzerland
|Caguas (PUERTO RICO), 2007-06-08||Legnano (ITALY), 2005-05-06|
|Lisbonne (PORTUGAL), 2006-06-03|
|Lisbonne (PORTUGAL), 2009-02-07|
|Stockholm (SWEDEN), 2006-03-10||Stockholm (SWEDEN), 2008-03-07|
|Rio de Janeiro (BRAZIL), 2016-04-22||Budapest (HUNGARY), 2015-03-20|
When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing in 1989.
Why this sport? His brother started fencing and got him involved in the sport.
Club / Team Fechtgesellschaft Basel: Switzerland
Name of coach Didier Ollagnon [national], FRA
Nicknames Beni, Benji, Bensel (fechtgesellschaftbasel.ch, 2015)
Hobbies Reading, listening to music, sport. (Facebook page, 17 Jun 2019)
Most influential person in career Coach Manfred Beckmann. (fencingeuro2015.com, 10 Jun 2015)
Hero / Idol Swiss ice hockey player Renato Tosio, Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka, US boxer Muhammad Ali, US basketball player Michael Jordan. (benisteffen.ch, 2014)
Injuries In August 2005 he tore both cruciate ligaments and the lateral ligament in his left knee. He was unable to compete for eight months. (benisteffen.ch, 2012)
Awards and honours He received the Challenge Eugene Empeyta Award from the Swiss Fencing Federation in recognition of his results at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (swiss-fencing.ch, 25 Feb 2017)
In 2012 and 2016 he was named Sportsman of the Year in Basel, Switzerland. (bzbasel.ch, 10 Jan 2017, 13 Jan 2013)
Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (tagblatt.ch, 13 Jun 2017)
Other information RETIREMENT PLANS
He intends to retire after competing at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. He feels he still has unfinished business at the Olympic Games, having placed fourth in individual epee at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. "I still have a bill open with my fourth place in Rio. I feel in better shape than in the first two years after Rio. But then it is enough. Finally, there should also be something else happening in my life." (suedostschweiz.ch, 09 Jun 2019; coopzeitung.ch, 12 Mar 2018)
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