Fourth race, and fourth medal: Alexandre Léauté finished his Paralympic Games in a good way. The French cyclist won bronze on Thursday, September 2, in the road race (category C1-C3) at Fuji Speedway. “At 20, to make four medals, I have no words, it’s just fantastic”, relishes, for his first Games, the Breton who pedals only one leg, being hemiplegic on the right side.
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Under the flood – “A complicated weather, with a lot of rain, dangerous turns” – Alexandre Léauté was the fastest among the group of pursuers who arrived almost seven minutes after the British duo who took the first two places, at the end of a hilly course of 79 kilometers. “In this sprint, I have never looked so shabby, I had cramps 500 meters from the line”, says the medalist.
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“In the last bump, I was really at the limit, it was going up very quickly. I thought about all the sacrifices I made he delivers. I am a competitor and three medals, that was not enough for me, I needed a fourth ”.
First gold medalist of the French delegation after his victory at the Izu velodrome in individual pursuit (category C2), he then took silver in the kilometer and bronze in the road time trial. “I hope to be in Paris 2024, there will be my relatives, is already projecting Alexandre Léauté. It will be in France, I will be expected, I think, with what I did this year ”.
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Marie Patouillet, 33, will also carry many medal hopes in three years after a successful Tokyo Games. The general practitioner, already a bronze medalist on track in pursuit (category C5), doubled the bet during the road race. Born with a malformation in one foot, the protégé of Grégory Baugé took third place after a course identical to that of Alexandre Léauté.