Tokyo 2021: a good day for the French team

The French delegation collected six medals on Friday, including one gold for Dorian Foulon, in the individual pursuit final (C5). After being crowned the day before on the pursuit, his teammate Alexandre Lurée won silver in the time trial, while in judo, the flag bearer of the French delegation Sandrine Martinet also climbed on the second step of the podium.

French cycling is celebrating at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Dorian Foulon won his first Olympic gold medal by winning the C5 pursuit final on Friday August 27. World champion in the discipline, he dominated the Australian Alistair Donohoe, after having signed a new world record in qualifying (4 min 18 sec 274).

Born with clubfoot, Dorian Foulon suffers from muscle atrophy in his left leg. Despite this malformation, he dreams of one day becoming the first person with a disability to participate in the Tour de France.

A few minutes earlier, Alexandre Lurée, the day after his victory  in the C2 pursuit final, won silver in the category C1-C2-C3 kilometer time trial at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.

The Frenchman, hemiplegic from birth following a stroke, at the same time broke the world record with a canon time of 1’9 “211. He brought a fifth medal to the French delegation.

In judo, the flag bearer of the French delegation Sandrine Martinet was beaten in the final (-48 kg) by Azérie Shahana Hajiyeva. The visually impaired champion wins the silver. This is his fourth Paralympic medal in five appearances. Five years ago in Rio, she won gold but in the upper category (-52 kg). 

In the athletics stadium, Mandy François-Elie won the bronze medal in the 200m (T37). Victim of a stroke in 2008, at the age of 18, Mandy François-Elie is hemiplegic. A regular at the Paralympic Games, she won the gold medal in the 100m in London in 2012, then silver four years later in Rio. In the long jump (T11), Ronan Pallier also won bronze, thirteen years after winning the same medal in Beijing in the 4x100m relay. 

In swimming, Alex Portal also took bronze in the 400m freestyle (S13). After falling a few hundredths off the podium on Wednesday, the 19-year-old won his first Paralympic medal. The French delegation has a total of 10 medals since the start of its Games.

Cyclist Dorian Foulon gave the French team its second gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Friday August 27 by winning the individual pursuit final (category C5).

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).

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.

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.

The latter, after his Paralympic title the day before in pursuit (category C2), won silver on the kilometer on Friday (category C1-3). These two track medals bring the French total to six.

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