Romaine Cannone, second from left, claimed his first World Cup gold medal in Heidenheim ©FIE

France's Tokyo 2020 gold medallist Romain Cannone won the individual title at the International Fencing Federation (FIE) Épée World Cup in Heidenheim as South Korea surged to victory in the team competition.

World number one Cannone faced a tough challenge in the form of Morocco's Houssam Elkord in the deciding duel at the Karl-Rau-Halle in the German city.

The world number six was neck-and-neck with the formidable Frenchman until Cannone finally pulled away to seal a 15-11 triumph.

The result marked Cannone's first World Cup gold of his career in an event featuring 261 individual fencers and 35 teams.

In the semi-finals, Elkord beat Italy's Gabriele Cimini in a thrilling encounter which ended 15-14, while Cannone was victorious against Hungarian world number 17 Mate Tamas Koch 15-9.

En route to the penultimate round, Koch took a major scalp in French world and Olympic champion Yannick Borel with a 15-11 quarter-final win.

He also beat Venezuela's London 2012 gold medallist Rubén Limardo 11-9 in the round of 16.

South Korea dispatched Germany 45-32 in the final of the team event thanks to commanding performances by Rio de Janeiro 2016 gold medal winner Park Sang-young and 35-year-old Kweon Young-jun.

Kim Myeong-ki and Son Tae-jin also contributed to the country's success over a German squad made up of Richard Schmidt, Lukas Bellmann, Marco Brinkmann, and Samuel Unterhauser.

Germany got the better of France 45-30, while South Korea scraped past Hungary 37-36 in the semi-finals.

France took third place after a narrow 45-43 win over Hungary in the bronze medal match.