Auspicious day for the French delegation at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, with nine additional medals, including five in table tennis (plus two secured on Sunday) and one in gold in triathlon thanks to Alexis Hanquinquant. France now have 19 medals after just four days, compared to 28 in total in Rio.
Third gold medal for France at the Tokyo Paralympic Games! Alexis Hanquinquant (35 years old) won the triathlon in the PTS4 category (slight disturbances in coordination on one side of the body, to a high degree of one arm, or lack of limbs). The Norman, amputated of the lower right leg following an accident on a construction site while he was a mason in 2010, won in 59’58 ahead of the Japanese Hideki Uda and the Spaniard Alejandro Sanchez Palomero after leading the end to end race. And a few hours later, it’s Annouck Curzillat (29 years old), visually impaired, who won bronze with her guide Céline Bousrez, finishing in 1h11’45, behind the Spaniard Susana Rodriguez and the Italian Anna Barbaro, and beating the British in the sprint to climb on the podium. In the same category, Thibaut Rigaudeau and Antoine Perel however, finished fourth and sixth in the men’s race.
What a beautiful day for French table tennis players! In this discipline where the two semi-finalists win a bronze medal, the Blues have had their fill. Mateo Boheas is guaranteed to win at least one silver medal, after qualifying for the Category 10 final (standing with a slight limitation of movement of one forearm, moderate impairment of the trunk, one foot, or the ‘absence of members) thanks to his 3-1 victory over Indonesian Akbar in the quarterfinals and 3-2 over Indonesian Jacobs in the semi-finals. same for me Fabien Lamirault, qualified for the Category 2 final (in a wheelchair with severely limited mid-trunk and leg movement, and moderate level of the hands) after his 3-1 victory over South Korean Cha in the semi-finals. Lea Ferney (category T11, intellectually disabled), who is only 17 years old, won the silver medal, after beating Japan’s Ito 3-0 in the semi-finals before losing 3-1 to Russian champion Prokofeva. of the world in title, in the final. Maxime Thomas, beaten in the semi-final of category 4 (in a wheelchair with limitation of the movement of the trunk and legs to a moderate or high level) by the Turkish Ozturk (3-1). Autumn Kamkasomphou, 52, and Paralympic champion in 2000 and 2008, added a new bronze medal after being beaten 3-1 by China’s Huang in the class 8 halves (standing with slight limitation of movement in both arms or legs, moderate impairment of one leg, or lack of limbs). Bronze medal also for Lucas Creange in category 11 after his defeat in the semi-finals against the Hungarian Palos (3-2) and for Anne Barneoud in category 7 (standing with weak coordination disorders of the whole body, and moderate impairment on one side of the body, arms or legs, or lack of limbs), beaten by Russian Safonova 3-1 in half. On the other hand, Thomas Bouvais was eliminated by the Chinese Peng (3-0) in the quarter-finals of category 8.
Ninth Paralympic Medal for Marie-Amélie Le Fur ! For her last Games, the soon-to-be 33-year-old athlete, with a lower left leg amputated, won the silver medal in the long jump, as in Beijing in 2008. She made a leap to 6.11m, again. Paralympic record in her T64 category, but finished second behind Dutchwoman Fleur Jong, with her lower legs and eight finger tips amputated, who is competing in T62 (the two categories are combined) and jumped to 6.16m. Maire-Amélie Le Fur thus ended her brilliant career and will now devote herself to the organization of Paris 2024. Also note the qualification of Dimitri Jozwicki for the 100m final in T38 (athletes with weakly limited movement and coordination of the lower trunk and legs, and on one side of the body or the whole body) with the third time in the heats, just like Gauthier Makunda over 400m in T11 (almost total visual impairment), while Timothy Adolphe was disqualified for having lost connection with his guide.
Another medal for France in the Izu Velodrome! Raphael Baugillet (31), blind and guided since March 2020 by the seven-time world champion François Pervis, won the bronze medal over the kilometer, behind the British Fachie (who broke the world record) and Ball. In a team sprint, Alexandre Léauté, Kevin le Cunff and Dorian Foulon, reduced at the level of the legs or feet, were however inclined against Spain in the small final.
Nathan Petit will play bronze! The 23-year-old man, visually impaired, will play in the repechage final after a day of ups and downs. Winner of Kazakh Smagululy in the round of 16 over ippon, he then lost against South Korean Lee on ippon in the quarterfinals before winning his first repechage fight against Briton Powell, also on ippon. He will play bronze against Mexican Avila Sanchez.
Two fencers represented France this Saturday in wheelchair foil, but they did not win a medal. Damien Tokatlian finished second in his group with four wins in four games, but lost in the quarterfinals against Russian Nagaev (15-3). As for Maxime Valet, he finished sixth in his group with four wins in six games, but lost in the quarterfinals against Briton Coutya (15-8).
Three French boats competed in the repechage this Saturday, and it went well for two of them. Nathalie Benoit won his race in the PR1 category (coordination disorders at a moderate level, considerable limitation of movement of the middle of the trunk and legs, or absence of limbs) and will therefore compete in the final. same for me Erika Sauzeau, Antoine Jesel, Rémy Taranto, Margot Boulet and Robin le Barreau in four with coxswain, who won his race in PR3 (physically and visually impaired). On the other hand, Christophe Lavigne and Perle Bouge will have to be satisfied with the final B in PR2 (moderate limitation of movement of the legs, hips, knees, or absence of limbs) in mixed pairs.
No final for Emeline pierre, eliminated in the 100m freestyle heats of the S10 category (limitation of movement of the legs to a low level, limitation of moderate movement of the hip joint or feet, and to a high degree of one foot, or lack of part of a member).
Bad day for French archers. Eric Pereira and Daniel Lelou were eliminated respectively in the 32nd round against the Australian Marchant (138-136) and in the round of 16 against the Turkish Korkmaz (141-137).