Tempers on a knife edge

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The Independent Online

The Frenchman Philippe Omnes and his Cuban opponent, Elvis Gregory, had to be separated by police and security men when they "crossed swords" off the duelling piste after the Cuban was removed from the foil tournament.

Gregory, the world and Olympic bronze medallist and one of the favourites, threw down his weapon in disgust, kicked out at a wall and refused to shake hands after losing 15-14 to the Frenchman in a hotly-contested third- round bout.