If the events of these Paralympic Games are becoming fewer and fewer as the days go by and bring us inevitably closer to the end of the event, the French people still involved in Tokyo continue to mark the spirits. . On the night of Friday 3 to Saturday 4 September, it was Nélia Barbosa who came to take the light by snatching a beautiful silver medal in para canoe on the 200 meters KL3.
Para canoe: Nélia Barbosa with silver hands
At 22 and for her first Paralympic Games, Nélia Barbosa showed that she was not afraid of anything. Entered in the final of the 200 meters KL3, the French had a very good race in her number four lane to grab the first medal of her young career, in silver. All smiles once the line is crossed, and not failing to greet the Briton Laura Sugar, untouchable this Saturday, the para kayaker has set a date for Paris 2024 where, this time, she will be the favorite to win gold.
A few minutes after her, the other tricolor engaged in the basins of the Sea Forest Waterway in Va’a (canoe), Eddie Potdevin, could not do better than a 6th place in the final of the 200 meters VL3.
Para badminton: Lucas Mazur holds his ticket for the final
The French world number one held his place against his Indian rival Tarun. In the semi-final of the para badminton tournament, category SL4, Lucas Mazur battled for a little over an hour to win his place in the final after three hotly contested sets between the two men (21-16, 16-21, 21- 18). The double world champion 2017 and 2019 will find on his road, Sunday, September 5, another Indian, Suhas Yathiraj, whom the 23-year-old has already beaten earlier in the competition in two rounds. Does it bode well for the Olympic title, the first in the history of the discipline at the Paralympic Games?
In the women’s doubles, Lenaïg Morin and Faustine Noël stuck in the semi-final against the Indonesians in the SL3-SU5 category. However, they will play in the small final for the bronze medal at 12:15 pm French time.
Para athletics: Nantenin Keïta at the foot of the podium, Thierry Cibone 8th in the shot put
There is no doubt that Nantenin Keïta, 36 and defending champion over 400 meters in T13, would have liked a better end clap, she who was playing her last Paralympic Games. Despite a good start, the Frenchwoman was a little short at the end of the race to get on the podium and finally failed in the most frustrating of places, 4th. Not enough, however, to start the immense career of the quadruple Paralympic medalist (gold over 400 meters in 2016 in Rio, silver and bronze in Beijing in 2008 over 200 and 400 meters and bronze in London in 2012).
While waiting for Louis Radius and Redouane Hennouni-Bouzidi, expected in the final of the 1,500 meters T38 from 12:15 pm French time, another tricolor para athlete was on track last night. For his fifth Paralympic Games after Sydney in 2000, Athens in 2004, Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012, New Caledonian Thierry Cibone took 8th place in the shot put competition in the F34 category with a throw of 10 meters 34.