Verlijken started badly against Cannone and soon faced an 8-3 deficit, leaving the Dutchman behind. Verlijken then straightened up for a while and brought back the tension in the second period by narrowing the deficit to two points (11-9).
Verlaten, the number seven in the world, could not turn the tide any further and had to leave the victory to the Frenchman. The Dutchman reacted very disappointed afterwards and entered into a discussion with the race management without success. Finally, he congratulated his opponent.
It was the fourth time that Verlijken participated in the Olympic Games. In 2008, the epee fencer managed to reach the quarterfinals in Beijing. In London (2012) the eighth finals was, just like now, the final station. Five years ago, Verlijken already lost in the first round in Rio de Janeiro.
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Eighth final final station for fencer Bas Verwoonen at the Games | Sport
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