Romain Noble

Meet wheelchair fencer Romain Noble, gold medallist in Men’s Team Épée at the 2016 Paralympic Games and—since 2011—an assistant works planner at our Infrapôle track maintenance and rail safety unit in Aquitaine.   

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His career

Romain Noble discovered fencing in 1994 at age 14, and despite a congenital impairment, he competed against able-bodied athletes for many years.

First title

In 2008, he pivoted to para-athletics, and in 2009 won his first international title in team épée and sabre at the European Championships, as well as a silver medal for individual sabre.

The next two years brought success after success for Romain, who amassed an impressive collection of medals at the World Championships and in the stages of the World Cup in 2010 and 2011.  

Olympic gold

In 2011, as he was pursuing his athletic career, Romain joined the SNCF Athletes programme as an assistant works planner at our Infrapôle track maintenance and rail safety unit in Bordeaux. In 2012, the Infrapôle freed him from all duties so that he could train every day ahead of the Paralympic Games, and he came home from the London with a silver medal.

In 2016, he was named a Knight of France’s National Order of Merit, in recognition of his outstanding performance at the Rio Paralympic Games.

Paralympic Games  

  • Silver medal, épée, at the 2012 Games in London, United Kingdom

  • Gold medal, team épée, at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

World Championships

  • 2019 
    Silver medal, team épée, in Cheongju, South Korea

  • 2017
    Silver medal, team épée, in Rome, Italy

  • 2015
    Gold medal, team épée, in Eger, Hungary

  • 2013
    Silver medal, individual sabre and épée, in Budapest, Hungary
    Bronze medal, team sabre and épée, in Budapest, Hungary

  • 2011
    Gold medal, team sabre, in Catania, Italy
    Silver medal, team and individual épée, in Catania, Italy
    Bronze medal, sabre, in Catania, Italy

  • 2010
    Gold medal, team sabre and épée, in Paris, France
    Bronze medal, sabre, in Paris, France

World Cup

  • Gold medal, sabre, general ranking, in 2011

  • Gold medal, sabre and épée, general ranking, in 2010

European Championships

  • 2018
    Silver medal, team épée, in Terni, Italy

  • 2016
    Gold medal, team sabre, in Turin, Italy
    Gold medal, individual sabre, in Turin, Italy
    Silver medal, team épée, in Turin, Italy

  • 2014
    Gold medal, individual sabre and team épée, in Strasbourg, France
    Silver medal, individual épée and team sabre, in Strasbourg, France

  • 2011
    Gold medal, individual and team sabre and épée, in Sheffield, United Kingdom

  • 2009
    Gold medal, team sabre and épée, in Warsaw, Poland
    Silver medal, sabre, in Warsaw, Poland

Championnat de France

  • Gold medal, épée, in 2017

  • Gold medal, sabre and épée, in 2009, 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015

  • Gold medal, sabre, in 2012

  • Silver medal, épée, in 2012