The medal harvest continues quietly for the French at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. The French delegation is currently ranked 8th in the medal table with seven podiums. And she can congratulate herself on having a second Paralympic champion on Friday: Dorian Foulon. Thank you, the trackers.
Foulon assumes his status and adorns himself with gold
Reigning world champion in the specialty, the 23-year-old rider, also at ease on the road, beat Australian Alistair Donohoe in the gold final after setting a new world record in qualifying (4 min 18 sec 274). He had finished sixth in the kilometer the day before, already at the Izu velodrome. Before switching to road races, he will compete in team speed on Saturday alongside Kevin Le Cunff (4th in the C5 pursuit) and Alexandre Léauté, the French delegation’s first gold medalist.
Born with a club foot on the left side, Dorian Foulon has less power due to a blockage in his ankle following multiple operations to straighten his foot.
The Sandrine Martinet flag carrier in silver
On the other hand, there will be no double for the French judokate Sandrine Martinet, defeated in the final of the judo tournament under 48 kg (category B2). Gold medalist in Rio in 2016, she was beaten on ippon in the golden score by Azerbaijani Shahana Hajiyeva, 21. This is the fourth Paralympic medal in five Games for the visually impaired 38-year-old judoka.
Alexandre Lurée, again him!
The French rider, not content with having won gold the day before in the C2 pursuit, went for a new Paralympic podium on the C1-C3 kilometer time trial. These Games are already a great success for the 20-year-old and for track cycling in Tokyo.