The flag bearer of the French team Stéphane Houdet and his doubles partner Nicolas Peifer won the gold medal and retained their title this Friday, September 3 in the final of the wheelchair tennis tournament of the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.
The French pair beat Britons Alfie Hewett and Gordon Reid 7-5, 0-6, 7-6 (6/3) in a remake of the Rio final five years ago. This medal comes at the end of a game with a crazy scenario with an air gap: a series of nine lost games. “We argued in the second set, explains Stéphane Houdet. I missed a ball and Nico made a gesture of annoyance by letting go of me “since earlier you are doing anything”. “So, we played our own for five games”, summarizes Nicolas Peifer to explain the second set lost 0-6.
The pair finally realized the “Back-to-back” hoped for by the standard bearer on Wednesday, after his elimination in singles against Japanese world No. 1 Shingo Kundieda. “For me, it’s the most beautiful (victory, editor’s note) because repeating is really strong”, relishes Stéphane Houdet.
At 50 years old, Stéphane Houdet, who has 23 Grand Slam titles in singles and doubles, topped his record with a fifth Paralympic medal, a third in gold.
Fabien Lamirault and Stéphane Molliens in table tennis, Kévin Le Cunff in cycling
Still in racket sport, French table tennis players Fabien Lamirault and Stéphane Molliens, already crowned in Rio, also won the gold medal, beating the South Korean pair Soo Yong Cha and Jin Cheol Park in the final.
Bronze in para cycling and para canoeing
Earlier, the cyclist Kévin Le Cunff had also offered a gold medal to the French team by winning in the road race (category C4-C5). In para cycling, the tandem Alexandre Lloveras and Corentin Ermenault won a bronze medal.
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Finally, Rémy Boullé also won bronze in para canoeing. France won 10 gold medals and 51 in all.