MELUN, France (Kyodo) Beijing Olympic individual foil silver medalist Yuki Ota rebounded from a disappointing performance in the elite Fleuret Masters by winning the Melun Challenge Revenue on Sunday.
Ota beat Olympic champion Benjamin Kleibrink 15-13 to gain revenge for his defeat to the German in the final at last summer’s Beijing Games.
“I haven’t won a tournament for a while so victory felt good,” said Ota, who joined the 110-man tournament from the second round before winning through to the final.
“I never imagined I would meet Kleibrink in the final but he wasn’t really at his best,” added the 23-year-old.
Victory came a day after Ota lost his opening match against three-time world champion Peter Joppich of Germany at the Fleuret Masters, which features the world’s best eight fencers.
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