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seventh gold medal for France because of bike owner Florian Jouanny

The day after his bronze medal within the time trial, French bike owner Florian Jouanny was topped Paralympic champion in Tokyo on Tuesday through the street race on the controls of his handcycle (H2). Loïc Vergnaud missed the gold medal on the wire and gained the silver within the street race (H5).

Wednesday, September 1 started with a bang on the Tokyo Paralympic Video games for the French delegation. After profitable bronze within the time trial the day earlier than, bike owner Florian Jouanny gained gold within the street race on the controls of his handcycle (class H2).

This Paralympic coronation, the primary for the 29-year-old Isérois who performed his first Video games in Japan, is a “dream come true”. “I realized in passing the road that it was the primary (gold medal, editor’s notice) for the French handbike, I didn’t imagine it,” responded Florian Jouanny, who writes a web page of French para biking.

He rapidly took the lead on the course arriving at Fuji Speedway and relegated his first pursuer, the Italian Luca Mazzone, in silver the day earlier than, to greater than 4 minutes by finishing the 53 km race at 28.9 km. / h common.

“I noticed that I had made slightly gap and I stated to myself ‘I am going for it, I am doing fifty kilometers alone, time trial'”, he described.

Quadriplegic following a snowboarding accident ten years in the past, Florian Jouanny retains partial mobility of his arms which permits him to compete in handbikes.

Para biking on the social gathering

That is the fourth gold medal of French para biking in Tokyo, after these of Alexandre Léauté and Dorian Foulon on the Izu velodrome observe final week, then the title of the tandem Alexandre Lloveras – Corentin Ermenault on Tuesday in opposition to the clock on the street.

Simply after Florian Jouanny, Loïc Vergnaud got here very near profitable a fifth, additionally in handbike (H5). The day after his silver medal within the time trial, Loïc Vergnaud, after having distorted the corporate to his final two Dutch breakaway companions, was handed on the road by Mitch Valize, one among them. , already world champion in June forward of him. For his first Video games at 41, already furnished with two silver medals, the Roanne can accumulate one other in relay on Friday with Florian Jouanny and Riadh Tarsim.

The day began with a bronze medal in desk tennis. Nicolas Savant-Aira, Florian Merrien and Maxime Thomas completed third in crew desk tennis (class 4-5). The desk tennis duo Thomas Bouvais and Clément Berthier additionally gained bronze within the crew match (class 8).

Nicolas Savant-Aira, Florian Merrien and Maxime Thomas take bronze in #TennisDeTable by groups, class 4-5.


Because of its new awards, the French delegation now has 37 medals, together with seven in gold. She has already exceeded her objective of 35 podiums set earlier than the Video games.

With AFP

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