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.
Pierre Fairbank in the 400m final
Further performances are expected today. All eyes are now on the athletics fields. Pierre Fairbank, Paralympic champion in 2000 in Sidney, qualified for the final of the 400m T53, breaking the European record (48s70).
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With 23 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 fourteenth place, far behind China which crushes the competition with 94 medals (39 gold).