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 Marcel Hug’s gold and Manuel Schär’s silver on Saturday over 5000m, Manuela Schär won her first Paralympic title at her 5th Games!
Schär: “I was ready to lose”
The 36-year-old Lucerne, flag bearer of the Swiss delegation on Tuesday during the opening ceremony, 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 (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.
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 Worlds in 2019 in Dubai.
“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 first lap, she indeed reached the finish in 3rd place with … 4 small hundredths ahead of the Briton Kingston.
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