Algerian 14-year-old Lea Moutoussamy will make history in London when she becomes the youngest fencer in Olympic history. The African country’s hopes of a medal would be set on the young shoulders of the teenager who would be looking to make her mark in the fencing competition in London.
The sabre specialist booked her place at the Games by winning the Africa zone qualifying tournament, beating an opponent 17 years her senior. Although born in Paris, the French-Algerian began representing Algeria in 2011.
Moutoussamy is one of the youngest competitors at the Games, but she is 15 months older than swimmer Adzo Kpossi from Togo, who, at 13, is the youngest athlete due to compete in London.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 23rd, 2012.