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Sport Who is Romain Cannone, the Olympic Champion that no one was waiting for the Olympics?

17:25  25 july  2021
17:25  25 july  2021 Source:   lefigaro.fr

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Romain Cannone, premier médaillé d'or français aux JO à l'escrime et en individuel depuis 2004. © Mohd Rasfan / AFP Romain Cannone, the first French gold medalist to the Olympics and individual since 2004.

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He lived his childhood in Brazil, then in the United States

if Romain Cannone was well born in the hexagon on April 12, 1997, on the side of Boulogne-Billancourt, he did not stay very long, following his parents in Brazil to live his first school years in kindergarten. Before a new big upheaval and a departure for New York, where his parents decide to launch a macaroons shop. And it is in the great apple that he will discover the fencing at the age of 9, under the impulse of his cousin Zoey who pushes him to try the Foil, before becoming a star of his school From Coney Island, the New York Fencing Academy (Nyfa).

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  Qui est Romain Cannone, le champion olympique que personne n'attendait aux JO ? © Annegret Hilse / Reuters

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It has a Ukrainian mentor

who has shaped the fencing all-academic but very spectacular sum of Cannone name Misha Mokretsov. The meeting between the two occurs in 2010, while French still has only 13 years. At the time, this one was more destined for the practice of Foil, before changing for the sword, convinced by Mokretsov, former silver medalist in his country, Ukraine. Together, they will continue their way, which made Cécile Cannone say, the mother of Romain, on the site of Nyfa: " Mokretsov is a real fencing enthusiast and he knows how to convey this to his students. But both of them are in reality more than pupils-teachers for each other. It is a very deep friendship, and it gives very good advice to Romain in many aspects of his life. »

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It should not have made its games

an Olympic title sometimes holds a few things. Originally selected as a replacement for the team event, cannone, in principle, should not play the individual competition in Tokyo. An honor that should have returned to Daniel Jerent (30 years old), both Olympic champion and world champion in 2019, both twice in the team event. Except that the latter, referred to in a survey of the French Agency for the fight against doping (AFLD) for a positive control of a diuretic, the dorzolamide, was finally dismissed by the French fencing federation. A decision made according to a simple precautionary principle: keeping Jerent in the team, the Federation took the risk, one day, to lose their possible medal on green carpets if the sword was convicted (which is not the case for now). A principle that has therefore made the happiness of Cannone.

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It is never mounted before on an international podium in individual

The resident of the INSEP, and a member of the VGA Saint-Maur Club (Val-de-Marne), only points to the world's 47th. Far behind so its two compatriots present in Tokyo, Yannick Borel (6th) and Alexandre Bardenet (11th). Suffice to say that imagine going so far looked at the huge surprise. Especially since he owed his selection to his team performances, and not to those in individual, at the least, since he had never mounted on an international podium without his small comrades with his side. Its best result was a 7th place in a World Cup event in Vancouver on February 8, 2019. But with the health crisis, the global fencing has remained almost a year and a half without competition, which probably allowed to refattate the cards and open the field of the possibilities. Cannone is the best example with its great feat.

He follows studies in Master

throughout his career, Cannone has never stopped his studies, especially in the United States where he was at the university. Since his return to France on the side of INSEP, he has also integrated a Parisian school, the Skema, where he follows an " Master Audit, Management Control and Information Systems ". " I really appreciate the understanding and accompaniment of Skema on my dual project: high-level sportsman and higher education ," he explained on the school site. " I have the amenities of my curriculum, offset periods of internship ... This allows me to devote myself fully to periods of preparation and competition. This flexibility and support of my teachers are a real plus. I live and train at Insep and I jump in the RER A as soon as possible to join my classes. »

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