The night of Monday August 30 to Tuesday August 31 was prolific for the French delegation at the Tokyo Paralympic Games thanks to the three charms gleaned from the road cycling time trial. The France team now has 31 medals, already four units from the target set before the Games.
For his part, Arnaud Assoumani failed to win a sixth Paralympic medal in his career while the French blind football team conceded a third defeat in as many games. Franceinfo: sport recaps you what to remember from the night.
The harvest of tricolor para cyclists
The French para cycling team is a major provider of medals for the French delegation. On Tuesday, three new charms brought the total of French medals to 31 (8 for para cycling, track and road alone) thanks to the road time trial event contested in each category.
It was Alexandre Léauté, already a double medalist in the C2 pursuit and the kilometer time trial on the track, who opened the night’s counter. In the C2 category, the 20-year-old took bronze, a mechanical incident preventing him from dreaming until the end of the silver medal. Florian Jouanny also collected the bronze medal in the H2 category while Loïc Vergnaud took the silver in H5.
The disappointment Arnaud Assoumani
Arnaud Assoumani, 35, will not be a Paralympic medalist for the fifth consecutive edition. Trusting the podiums in the long jump since Athens in 2004 with notably a title in Beijing in 2008, the five-time medalist (he also took silver in the triple jump in 2012, in London) finished 8th in length, in category T47 .
With four bitten jumps out of six, Assoumani did not give himself every possible chance to snatch the medal. He first passed 6.65m on the 3rd try to afford three more jumps. He then improved his mark on the next jump, achieving his best performance of the season at 6.89m. But it was not enough. He fails 45 cm from the podium.
The French blind football team still empty-handed
The Habs finished the blind football group stage with no goals scored. Defeated at the opening by Japan (4-0) then by China (1-0), the Blues could not create the feat against the Brazilians (4-0), to whom the Paralympic title has never escaped since the discipline’s enthronement in 2004.
The French held up well in the first half, only conceding the opening of the mark after sixteen minutes. In the second half, Brazil added to the bill to finally win 4-0. With 9 goals conceded for none scored, the France team will play one last meeting, the match for 7th place on Thursday. It will probably be against Thailand.
Various fortunes for swimmers
Only two French swimmers were engaged in the Tokyo basin last night. The young Florent Marais, 21, launched his Paralympic Games in the 100m butterfly in the S10 category. He took fourth place in his series but qualifies all the same in the final with the 8th and last time of the qualifiers. The final is scheduled for 11:46 on Tuesday.
The other Habs, Claire Supiot, unfortunately could not imitate him. In the 100m freestyle of the S9 category, the 53-year-old swimmer was eliminated in the playoffs, with the participants’ 13th time. You had to get into the top eight swimmers to qualify for the final. She is still involved in two events: the 200m medley Wednesday September 1st and the 100m butterfly, Thursday September 2nd.
Julien Casoli too short for the podium in para athletics
Already a bronze medalist in Beijing in the 4X400 m and in London in the 5,000 m, Julien Casoli failed to hang a third Paralympic charm. In the 1,500m T53 / 54 final, the 39-year-old para-athlete finished 7th with his best career performance (5’51”69). But it was, however, too fair to hope for better in a race which was very, very fast as the Swiss winner Marcel Hug broke the world record by more than two seconds.