The Haut-Savoyarde dreamed of it, she did it. Annouck Curzillat won the bronze medal, Saturday August 28, in Tokyo, in the PTVI1 category. With her guide Céline Bousrez, the triathlete finished her race in 1:11:45 (4:30), behind the Italian Anna Barbaro (3:56) and the Spanish Susana Rodriguez, Paralympic champion (1:07:15 ). The Frenchwoman withstood the return of Briton’s Alison Peasgood (4:32) in the final meters and held on to take third place on the wire. After the gold medal of another Frenchman Alexis Hanquinquant, obtained a few minutes before, Annouck Curzillat brings to the French delegation its twelfth medal.

Annouck Curzillat snatches the bronze! The Frenchwoman resisted in the last few meters the return of Alison Peasgood. The Habs won a superb bronze medal for their first Paralympiades! #Paralympic Games pic.twitter.com/OdNsulfrwU

At 29, the young woman blind from birth was competing in her very first Paralympic Games. And the feat is all the more important since she started paratriathlon in 2014 by chance. Contacted by a Lyon firefighter who is a triathlon enthusiast, she started with no real ambitions. “When he called me, I told him that I could neither run well, nor ride well, nor swim well,” she told our colleagues from France Bleu Haute-Savoie. Seven years later, the multiple champion of France thus added a Paralympic medal to her prize list. “I don’t believe it. It’s a crazy thing,” reacted the triathlete just after crossing the finish line. Objective thus achieved for the one who aimed for bronze.

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