The latest leg of the International Fencing Federation (FIE) World Cup started with the Challenge International de Paris today.
The event in the French capital saw 249 fencers competing in the foil enter the tournament in the preliminary rounds at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin.
Denmark’s Thomas Berg set up a last 64 elimination tie against World Championship gold medallist Dmitry Zherebchenko of Russia after he came out on top in group 27.
Lorenzo Nista from Italy came out on top in group 13 and will now face South Korea’s Heo Jun, the winner of group 3.
Nista’s group also contained home fencer Meddy Elice, who set up a last-64 tie with Rio 2016 Olympic champion Daniele Garozzo of Italy by coming third.
Japan’s Kenta Suzumura won group 24 and is now due to face compatriot Toshiya Saito, a World Championship silver medallist, tomorrow.
Daniel Giacon of The Netherlands, third in group 32, will face Olympic silver medallist Alexander Massialas of the United States.
Rio 2016 bronze medal winner Timur Safin of Russia will go up against compatriot Askar Khamzin, second in group 6.
The headline tie of tomorrow’s last-64 clashes will see home favourite Erwann Le Pechoux, winner of the World Cup gold medal in Tokyo earlier this season, face Germany’s Benjamin Kleibrink, the Beijing 2008 champion and bronze medallist at London 2012, who won group 34.
The event is due to conclude with tomorrow's elimination round, which will decide the medal winners.
Action also got underway at the Fencing World Cup in Cuba, where 145 athletes taking part at the Coliseo de la Ciudad Deportiva in Havana.
The best performance of the day arguably came from Italy’s Giulia Rizzi, who won four of her six matches in pool 4 to earn herself a spot in the preliminary-64 round, bypassing the preliminary 128-round on the way.
Rizzi then faced Miho Yoshimura of Japan who she defeated 15-9.
However, Japan had joy in other areas with Ayumi Yamada coming out on top in a close match 15-14 against Russia's Yana Zvereva.
There was not much joy for home athletes as Yania Gavilan Sancez and Jiselle Franco Ramirez both suffered defeat in the early stages of the competition.