And four gold medals for the Blues! Fabien Lamirault has just won the gold medal in table tennis in class 2 (wheelchair, racket attached to his hand). The French won his final against the Polish Rafal Czuper (3-2) whom he had already beaten in the final in Rio in 2016.
“It’s a big relief because I put enormous pressure on myself on these Games,” breathes Fabien Lamirault. “I was keen to win to become the first in my category to keep the title, it had never been done. “
For his third Games, at 41, Fabien Lamirault won his fifth Paralympic medal, the third individual. Paraplegic since a car accident in 1997, he discovered table tennis in a rehabilitation center.
“There is a sixth medal to go for”
His second individual title brings the total of French medals to 27, one less than in Rio and just seven units from the goal of 35 podiums set before the Games.
Fabien Lamirault is also in search of team gold, of which he is also the title holder. “There is a sixth medal to go for with, I hope, the same color”, already projects Fabien Lamirault, in search of team gold (Class 1-2) of which he is also the defending champion.