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APITHY Bolade

sabre
Rank8
Pts126.00
Age34
HandR

Personal Information

Occupation Athlete, Coach

Languages English, French

Higher education Sports Management - National Institute for Sport, Expertise and Performance [INSEP]: Paris, FRA

GoldSilverBronzeTotal
World Cup-246
Varsovie (POLAND), 2009-05-15Athènes (GREECE), 2011-04-28
New York (USA), 2010-06-18Chicago (USA), 2012-06-22
Györ (HUNGARY), 2016-12-02
Györ (HUNGARY), 2017-12-01
Zone Championships-213
Sheffield (GREAT BRITAIN), 2011-07-14Leipzig (GERMANY), 2010-07-16
Legnano (ITALY), 2012-06-15
Grand Prix1--1
Moscow (RUSSIA), 2019-05-24
-1-1
Gand (BELGIUM), 2006-10-21

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? He began fencing at age six at the ASPTT Dijon club in France. He chose to focus on sabre from age 13.

Why this sport? At age six he saw a photo of fencing in a magazine and told his parents he wanted to try the sport.

Club / Team Dijon CE: France

Name of coach Jean-Philippe Daurelle [national], FRA

Handedness Right

General Interest

Hobbies Playing poker. (Instagram profile, 27 Apr 2017)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning his first World Cup Grand Prix event, in 2019 in Moscow, Russian Federation. (lequipe.fr, 25 May 2019)

Hero / Idol Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt. (sport-web.fr, 07 Jun 2011)

Superstitions / Rituals / Beliefs If he is feeling good ahead of a competition, he listens to music, sings and dances. If he is not feeling confident, he does not talk to people and tries to focus on what he has to do during the tournament. (interviewsport.fr, 25 May 2015)

Sporting philosophy / motto "At a high level, it is sometimes forgotten that fencing remains, above all, fun." (lejsl.com, 09 May 2015)

Awards and honours In 2016 he received the Medal of the City of Dijon, France. (k6fm.com, 28 Sep 2016)

Famous relatives His brother Yemi has represented Benin in fencing, and competed at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Jun 2017)

Other information CURSE LIFTED
He was disappointed with his performance at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, where he placed 18th in individual sabre, and then did not compete at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. After seeing an improvement in his results in 2018, he secured his first World Cup Grand Prix victory in May 2019 and stated he hoped it could be a turning point in his career. "It feels like all the work is finally paying off. It was a difficult time for me after the 2012 Olympics through to Rio in 2016. I didn't feel good about my fencing, and things didn't feel right with my coaches. Sometimes when results don't come your way, doubts set in. In 2018, I had a big season but couldn't make it pay off at the European championships. Since then, I've done a lot of work with a new support team. This [Grand Prix] victory gives me a lot of confidence, I think it shows that the curse has been lifted." (lequipe.fr, 25 May 2019; fencing.net, 22 Feb 2013)

BENIN BROTHER
After failing to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, he focused on coaching his brother Yemi, who represented Benin at the Games in Rio. Their father is from Benin and the brothers have dual nationality. Bolade says there was never any doubt he would represent France. "For me it was simple. I was born in France, I've always lived in France, and I came up the ranks here. When I graduated to the senior level, I continued with the French team and have had good results ever since, so I've never seen a reason to change country." (bienpublic.com, 01 Aug 2016; pianetascherma.com, 20 Feb 2016)

SUSPENSION
In 2013 at a World Cup event in Padua, Italy, he threw his sabre to the ground in frustration at his performance, resulting in a black card and expulsion from the competition. He was subsequently suspended for two months by the International Fencing Federation [FIE], causing him to miss tournaments in Budapest, Hungary, and Moscow, Russian Federation. (france3-regions.blog.francetvinfo.fr, 22 Feb 2013; fencing.net, 22 Feb 2013)

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