Tokyo 2020 – Paralympics: Manuela Schär finally titled, 17 years after her first Games! –

Switzerland continues its momentum of the day before in the athletics events at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Manuela Schär (wheelchair, category T54) won her 1st gold medal; Catherine Debrunner, also over 800m but in another category, won bronze.

Swiss Paralympic now has 4 medals in its purse in Tokyo! After the gold of Marcel Hug and the money of Manuela SchärOn Saturday over 5000m, the 36-year-old Lucerne won her very first Paralympic title at her 5th Games!

Schär: “I was ready to lose”

Flag bearer of the Swiss delegation on Tuesday during the opening ceremony, Manuela Schär took all the risks in the double lap. “Finally a title, 17 years after my first Games … It was all or nothing. I was ready to lose. I gave everything, everything risked. The competition is such that the air is scarce … “, said a radiant Manuela Schär, who broke the Paralympic record in the 800m (1’42 “81).

The 5000m silver medal the day before took a lot of pressure off me“, added Schär under the vivas of Sofia Gonzalez and the rest of the Swiss athletics team. The rest of the program for the now five-time Paralympic medalist: 400m Thursday, 1500m (series Monday, final Tuesday) and marathon, the Sunday, September 5.

A first medal for Debrunner

Barely 15 minutes before this Paralympic title, Catherine Debrunner won bronze (wheelchair, category T53). Frustrated 5 years ago in Rio not to have reached the final over 800m, the 26-year-old Thurgovian this time confirmed her silver medal won at the 2019 Worlds in Dubai.

Catherine Debrunner is playing her 2nd Paralympic Games at 26. [Keystone]

“The plan I had drawn up went perfectly”. Third fastest in the morning series, Debrunner held on in the final. “I went all out from start to finish. What a struggle!”. Second after the 1st lap, she indeed reached the finish in 3rd place with … 4 small hundredths ahead of the Briton Samantha Kinghorn.

And the teacher concludes: “I want to thank everyone who supported me. Maybe some of my students watched the race. I will show them the medal when I get back.”

Tokyo, Miguel Bao

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