France’s Julien Mertine won gold at the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Men’s Foil World Cup in German city Bonn.
Mertine, ranked 39th heading into the competition, produced a series of impressive wins at the Ville de Bonn.
He secured victory over Alexander Massialas of the United States before thrashing Germany’s Benjamin Kleibrink 15-3 in the quarter-finals.
A closer semi-final saw the French fencer beat Italy’s Andrea Cassara.
American Gerek Meinhardt, who beat Alessio Foconi of Italy 15-12 in his semi-final, provided the opposition in the gold medal match.
Meinhardt was unable to repeat the feat against Mertine, who claimed a 15-9 win in the final.
Italy finished the event with two bronze medals following Cassara and Foconi’s semi-final losses.
The event in Bonn is the first men’s FIE World Cup of the season and concludes tomorrow with the team event.