Marie-Florence Candassamy world champion in épée, first French title since 2010

The 32-year-old Habs won at such a level on Tuesday for the first time in her career.


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Marie-Florence Candassamy during the final of the World Epee Championships against Alberta Santuccio, in Milan, on July 25, 2023. (ANDREAS SOLARO/AFP)

Marie-Florence Candassamy queen of the world sword! By beating the Italian Alberta Santuccio in the final (15-12), the Frenchwoman won her first individual world title on Tuesday 25 July in Milan. After knocking out Olympic champion Sun Yiwen in the semifinals, the Paris University Club (PUC) resident then won her best individual title of her career after a perfect day.

Surprise title for Marie-Florence Candassamy, not the favorite at the start of the competition and who denied all predictions. It’s the first title for French women’s épée since Maureen Nisima in Paris in 2010. A good omen, as the Paris 2024 Olympics loom on the horizon, and a great way to kick off the world championships for the French field, with the finals kicking off on 25 July.

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