The French counter is now operational! Marie Patouillet won bronze in para-cycling on the second day of competition on Wednesday, August 25, giving France its first medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games.
The 33-year-old Frenchwoman finished third in the individual pursuit despite already being a vice-world champion and a double French champion in her category (category C5). “I’m not sure I understand. For my first Games, the first event, and first medal,” reacted the sprint specialist trackwoman.
Marie Patouillet, a latecomer to cycling, had a breakthrough in 2017 by winning a stage of the Tour cyclotouriste.
🚨🇫🇷 LE BRONZE POUR MARIE PATOUILLET !
— Equipe France (@EquipeFRA) August 25, 2021
Grégory Baugé, quadruple world champion in individual speed and silver medalist in the same event at the London Olympics in 2012, coaches the athlete.
The para-cyclist, who was born with a defect in one foot, has a good chance of medaling again on Friday in the 500m standing start, her speciality in which she is a vice-world champion (2020) and bronze medalist (2019).