It’s fair to say fencing is a regular fixture when it comes to the Olympics.
Whether it be the epee, foil or sabre, sword fighting has appeared in some capacity at the games since their inauguration in 1896. It may not be the most popular of sports, but it’s something of an Olympic institution.
However, aside from the tradition and prestige, Rio 2016 has seen a lighter side of the fencing programme. Frenchman Enzo Lefort, in particular, has attracted attention for a comical moment, oddly involving his mobile phone.
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While not one of the favourites for gold, there can be little denying the fencing talent of Lefort.
Having been inspired while watching the event at Atlanta ’96, the 24-year-old made his Olympic bow in London. However, he was left disappointed after a second round exit at the hands of compatriot Erwann Le Pechoux.
Despite that, since then, Lefort has scooped two bronzes and a gold across two world championships.
Consequently, the Cayenne-born hopeful entered the Rio games with high hopes and an outside chance of a medal.
During a foil match with Germany’s Peter Joppich though, Lefort was forced backwards after being lunged at and lost his balance as a result. It was at this moment that the Frenchman’s phone flew out his back pocket.
With his mobile device left skidding across the floor, the 24-year-old lost the point and was left to sheepishly retrieve his fallen item. The baffling and frankly embarrassing incident can be seen below:
It’s not entirely understood why the Frenchman felt it necessary to have his phone close at hand, but the decision certainly backfired.
To rub salt into the wound, Lefort lost the tie 15-13 and saw his chances of a medal in the foil slip away.
That being said, the French fencer will at least be remembered in some capacity for his performances in Rio, albeit in an unfavorable light.
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