Cécilia Berder was born on December 13, 1989 in Morlaix Brittany. She is a French fencer, practicing saber in the Orleans Fencing Circle, based in Orleans (45). Cecilia Berder started fencing at the age of 7 with Serge Lahrer, her first master.
In 2015, she got on her first individual world podium in Moscow, losing only in the final against Russian Sofia Velikaya. A year later, at the Olympic in Rio, she lost again against Russian Sofia Velikaya, in the quarter-finals.
Cecilia Berder is also a journalist. Since 2016, she hosts the weekly column L'âme olympique broadcasted every Saturday on France Info.
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There had been no French saber in an Individual World Final for ten years. Since Anne-Lise Touya had imposed herself in Leipzig (Germany) against the Russian Sofia Velikaia. Indeed thus, history did not stutter on Tuesday night in Moscow, when Cecilia Berder plugged in to face in the final a certain Velikaia. But the future journalist at Radio France has yet struck a blow. Not only did she stand up to the Russian, coached by the Frenchman Christian Bauer, but above all she was capable of a few shoots, like this feint of simultaneous with flight and touch, a rare and "joussif" gesture, like the says the national coach Jean-Philippe Daurelle. As a result, this individual world silver medal, a month after the European silver medal obtained by Charlotte Lembach, already facing Velikaia, is promising for the team event scheduled for Friday. Silvered last year, the Blue will attempt on this occasion to cross, collectively, the last course.
We have to go back to the World Championships organized in Antalya in 2009 to find traces of the last French individual medal in the women's saber. Carole Vergne had then obtained the bronze. Cecilia Berder, then released in the first round, participated in its first Worlds.