Paralympic Games: seven new medals for the Blues on Sunday



On the Sea Forest channel in Tokyo, the Blues were smiling this Sunday, August 29. With panache, the French para-rowing team, which had qualified three boats out of four possible for these Games, won two new bronze medals.

Forced to interrupt her career after the Rio Games because of the evolution of her multiple sclerosis, Nathalie Benoit, already a silver medalist at the London Games in 2012, managed to win bronze in the single scull. A performance which undoubtedly over-motivated the mixed team of the “four of peak with coxswain”. Led by Erika Sauzeau, Margot Boulet, Remy Taranto, Antoine Jesel and Robin Le Barreau at the helm, the boat was also invited, a little later in the morning, to the third step of the podium.

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Disappointment on the other hand in the category two of mixed couple: Perle Bouge, double medalist in London and Rio in 2012 and in 2016, and his new partner Christophe Lavigne, failed at the foot of the podium.

A fifth medal for Souhad Ghazouani

Weightlifters also stood out. By lifting a bar at 132 kg, Souhad Ghazouani finished third in the competition, behind the Brazilian Mariana D’Andrea and the Chinese Xu Lili. Suffered from spina bifida since her birth, the 39-year-old Frenchwoman, who had her first Games in Athens in 2004, now has five Paralympic medals, after gold won in London, two silver medals and now two of bronze.

Hélios Latchoumanaya then confirmed that the hall of Nippon Budokan succeeded in French judo by gleaning a bronze medal in less than 90 kg. The record is more than honorable for visually impaired French judokas in Tokyo, Sandrine Martinet took the silver on Saturday and Nathan Petit lost in the bronze final on Saturday.

A surprise in athletics

The surprise of the day came on the athletics track, with the bronze medal in 400 meters (category T11) of Trésor Makunda, passed in the final in extremis after a repechage on time and for the benefit of the disqualification in the series the day before. on the other Frenchman Timothée Adolphe, for having lost the link attaching him to his guide.

In wheelchair fencing, Romain Noble, Damien Tokatlian and Maxime Valet completed the weekend’s bronze collection by taking the team foil podium.

Money in table tennis

Matéo Bohéas, he, finalist Sunday (Class 11), lost in three sets against the Polish Patryk Hojnowski but, with the money, won his first medal at the Paralympic Games.

With 26 medals, France is gradually approaching the goal set by the French Olympic Committee of at least 35 podiums. In the Nations standings, the Blues are in fifteenth place, far behind China which crushes the competition with 104 medals (46 gold).

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