The French Paralympic team is more than well on its way to fulfilling its medal objective. While we are not yet at the halfway point of these Games, which end on Sunday, the blue delegation garnered three new medals on the night of Saturday to Sunday in Tokyo, bringing its total to 22 charms out of the 35 that she was aiming at the start. If it’s the eighth best total, France is however only 13th in the medal table, due to the small number of gold medals, 3. France is also raiding bronze in Tokyo, with fourteen third place, four of which were just in the night from Saturday to Sunday.
It was first rower Nathalie Benoit who offered France their first medal of the day, in the single scull final. Already a silver medalist in London, and despite suffering from multiple sclerosis, the 41-year-old reproduced the feat of a Paralympic podium nine years later, finishing behind the Norwegian Skarstein and the Israeli Samuel.
Still in rowing, the French mixed four-way boat with coxswain (Erika Sauzeau, Antoine Jesel, Rémy Taranto, Margot Boulot and Robin Le Barreau), also won bronze in the Tokyo morning.
The third medal of the day came from weightlifting. And she is a repeat offender: Souhad Ghazouani won his 5th consecutive Paralympic medal after silver in Athens in 2004, bronze in Beijing in 2008, gold in London in 2012 and silver in Rio in 2016. C ‘ This time is therefore the bronze she has awarded herself, having lifted 132 kilos in the -73kg category.
Finally, an ippon for done. the French Helios Latchoumanaya, visually impaired, also won bronze in judo in -90kg. He only needed a few seconds of fighting to overcome his opponent, Zhanbota Amanzhol, in the small final.