Through Michel Seimando
The swimmer from Yvelines, Alex Portal, licensed at the Cercle des nageurs de l’Ouest (CNO), in Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Yvelines) won, on Friday August 27, 2021, the bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the 400m freestyle S13 (visual impairment).
The 19-year-old swimmer takes bronze with a time of 4’06 ”49. In a tweet, the Olympic medalist said: “It’s huge to represent France on a podium! “
🎙️ “It’s huge to represent France on a podium.”
– France Team (@EquipeFRA) August 27, 2021
Already third in the series (4’11 ”07) this Friday morning, Alex Portal confirmed this evening in Tokyo by improving his time by more than 4 seconds. In front of him, the Belarusian Boki (3’58 ”18) and the Ukrainian Garashchenko (4’02’07).
A harvest of medals?
Alex Portal reacted well after his disappointment in the 100m butterfly two days ago and an unfortunate 4th place. He explains it on the site of the French team.
“This medal represents a dream, to participate in the Paralymic Games and to win a medal. Of course I would have liked to do even better by getting closer to the four minutes mark, which I am capable of, but it does not pass for this evening. It’s still a great bronze medal, it’s huge to represent France on a podium. “
A harvest which, we hope, will continue for the next three events in which he is engaged in the coming days: 50m freestyle, 200m medley for which he is aiming for a podium and the 100m breaststroke to finish.
🇫🇷 Alex Portal bronze medalist 🥉
👏👏👏 #Swimming – 400m nage libre S13 🏊🏊🏊
9th medal for the #France 🇫🇷
👉 2 🥇 4 🥈 3 🥉#Paralympic Games #Tokyo2020 #Paralympics @cno_stgermain @StGermainLaye @Arnaud_Pericard @rozoycharles @alainbernard @YannickAgnel pic.twitter.com/gEkWbq2no9
– Heart Handisport (@CoeurHandisport) August 27, 2021
Remember that the Saint-German swimmer, who had already broken a whole bunch of records, was making his first participation in the Paralympic Games.
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