And three! The French Alexis Hanquinquant won the third gold medal of the French delegation in the triathlon event in the PTS4 category, Saturday August 28. Triple world and European champion, the 35-year-old Rouennais was the big favorite of the event and held his place at the Odaiba marine park.
The triathlete, who runs at 18 km / h, completed his event in less than an hour (59:58) and crossed the finish line 3 minutes ahead of his competitors, the Japanese Hideki Uda (3 : 47) and Spaniard Alejandro Sanchez Palomero (4’26).
Alexis Hanquinquant in gold What a race for the Frenchman who wins the Paralympic triathlon with more than 3 minutes ahead of his competitors! #Paralympic GamesFollow the para triathlon live ▶ https://t.co/p36L6Vwy8n pic.twitter.com/IqEEMsymBj
Having his right leg amputated at the level of the tibia following a construction accident eight years ago, the 35-year-old Rouen competed in his first Paralympic Games. The one who started the triathlon in 2015, had put himself in the best conditions to shine in Tokyo. Indeed, the Habs trained more than 25 hours per week in a “thermo room”, a room heated to 32 degrees and more than 70% humidity, thus anticipating the climatic conditions of the Japanese archipelago. .
After winning the only title that was missing from his record, the Frenchman is now the king of the discipline and has marked the history of his sport since France had never previously won the title, whether at the Olympic Games or at the Paralympic Games.
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