Event: World Championships 2017, Men´s Sabre Team, second round of DE. Germany vs. France.
Germany had a huge lead – 40-27 – when the last leg in the team match started. Then this happened:
Go to the time 1:46:18, switch to the camera that covers the red piste.
Max Hartung won the individual European Championships earlier this season, so this shows that fencers at any level can collapse under pressure – not only beginners. Even when Max regains a 44-43 lead, Vincent Anstett manages to turn the tide again and win 2 straight points. That is mental fortitude.
Lesson: mental trainings is not to be disregarded.