It’s already the end of the story for fencer Bas Verwoonen at the Olympics. The 37-year-old Ossenaar won 1 round in Tokyo, but then lost in the eighth final to Romain Cannone from France. In that match he had no chance, because he was always behind the facts. The score was 15-11.
Verlijken was immediately put under pressure by the 24-year-old Frenchman in the opening phase of the eighth final. The Dutchman quickly fell 4 points behind and had to attack. It didn’t help that the 2 fencers scored a few times at the same time, which meant that Verwoonen was unable to narrow the deficit.
It was only in the final phase that the Brabant player shielded nicely offensively and came back to 11-10, but that was not enough to pull the victory over the line. The defensive style of play in the first phase cost him the head.
It was the 4th Olympic Games for Verwijsen. His best result was the quarterfinals in 2008. Verlagen was the number 7 in the world, while Cannone is somewhere in the top-30.