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France’s men’s fencing team combined to easily defeat Italy 45-31 in the team epee competition in what was a matchup between two of the sport’s traditional powers.
France was already the favourite as the top-ranked squad in the world coming into the Olympic Games.
But until Sunday, the country had won just one silver and one bronze in fencing at Rio and had been left off the podium entirely in London 2012.
The team of Yannick Borel, Daniel Jarent and Jean-Michel Lucenay brought that golden shut-out to an end on the last day of the fencing tournament.
Borel wrapped the match up with a quick touch of opponent Marco Fichera. The French fencers joy at the hard-fought victory was clear as Borel ripped off his mask and let out a scream of celebration.
The victory saw France secure its seventh gold medal of the Rio Olympics.
Earlier Sunday, France’s Charline Picon won the women’s crown in the RS:X windsurfing competition, finishing ahead of China’s Chen Peina and the Russian Stefaniya Elfutina.