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Nélia Barbosa in silver, Lucas Mazur in the final

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After a fruitful day in gold medals for the France team on Friday, Nélia Barbosa finished, on Saturday, Olympic runner-up by winning silver in the para canoe event at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. Nantenin Keïta, crowned in the 400 meters in Rio in 2016, finished just off the podium. Lucas Mazur qualified for two para badminton finals.

On the eve of the closing of the Paralympic Games, Saturday September 4, will the Blues continue their momentum of Friday in Tokyo, a day rich in gold medals?

For her first Games, the French Nélia Barbosa made a strong impression: she finished vice-Olympic champion in para canoe, giving France one more silver medal, for the moment 12th in the Paralympic Games medal table. The other Frenchman entered in the para canoe final, Eddie Potdevin, for his part finished 6th for his first participation in the Games.

On the athletics track, Nantenin Keïta failed at the foot of the podium in the 400-meter final (4th), a disappointment for the French athlete who won the gold medal at the Paralympic Games in Rio, in 2016.

Frenchman Tanguy de La Forest qualified for the 50-meter para-shooting final, where he finally finished in 5th place.

Two qualifications for the final in para badminton

Lucas Mazur lived up to expectations on Saturday by qualifying for the Olympic singles final. The French world number one and double world champion in 2017 and 2019 will have the mission, on Sunday, to win against the Indian Suhas Yathiraj the very first Paralympic medal in the history of French para badminton.

The French did it again, then, with Faustine Noël in the semi-final of the mixed doubles. The French pair won their place in the final after taking out the Japanese in two winning sets.

Lenaig Morin and Faustine Noël were, however, eliminated by their Indonesian opponents in the semi-final of women’s doubles in para badminton. They are still in the race for the “small final” for the bronze medal at 12:15 pm French time.


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