He is 50 years old and blind, but nothing can stop Ronan Pallier, one of the four athletes from Tokyo for the Paralympic Games. And it is this Friday that the Sainte-Marien – at least, the native of the town – will face five other athletes in the long jump final.
His presence at the Olympic Stadium in Shinjuku is already a feat in itself, given his incredible life journey. Abandoned at the age of 3, he found refuge with a family in Finistère. He is an athlete who thrives especially in fottball. But at the age of 30, he wakes up one morning in the dark: “When I woke up, no more light. Nothing moreâ ?? ¦ ”.
It is out of the question, however, that retinitis pigmentosa, a rare degenerative disease from which he suffers, does not kill him. He takes his mom’s advice and gets into athletics. Member of the French team since 2003, he won the bronze medal in Beijing in 2008 in the 4 × 100 relay. A few weeks ago, it was European gold that he unearthed in Poland.
He will therefore listen to the “clap” of his guide Olivier Deniaud to jump and take away, we hope, the gold medal.
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