After the tandem in cycling, it is now the turn of athletics and sprinting to put France in the spotlight at the Tokyo Paralympic Games, thanks to the great victory of Charles-Antoine Kouakou at the end of the final of the 400 meters category T20 (races for people with intellectual disabilities).
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For his first Games, the 23-year-old sprinter claimed the Paralympic title and brought the total of French medals to 33, just two units from the goal set at 35 before the event.
🥇🇫🇷 EXCEPTIONAL CHARLES-ANTOINE KOUAKOU! GOLD ON THE 400 METERS T20!
😍 The French king of the lap after an epic finish (47 “63) … 6th Gold medal for the Blues in Tokyo #Paralympics
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3e French adapted sport medal
The native of Paris completed the lap in 47 seconds 63, ahead of Venezuelan Luis Felipe Rodriguez Bolivar (47 seconds 71) and Briton Columba Blango (47 seconds 81).
It is also the third medal of French adapted sport, the counterpart of disabled sports for people with cognitive disabilities, since Léa Ferney (silver) and Lucas Créange (bronze) had paved the way in table tennis. Finally, this is the fifth podium in French Paralympic athletics after notably the silver medal of the president of the French Paralympic and Sports Committee Marie-Amélie Le Fur, in the long jump (category T64).