Frenchman Arthur Bauchet titled downhill, Ukraine leads medal standings

The French delegation won two medals on the first day of the Beijing Paralympic Games, Saturday, March 5, which was also synonymous with disappointment for skier Marie Bochet.

Arthur Bauchet in gold, Hyacinthe Deleplace in bronze

It wasn’t long before we witnessed the first French title. Skier Arthur Bauchet won gold on Saturday in the downhill, in the standing category, ahead of Austrian Markus Salcher and Swiss Théo Gmür. An achievement for him, four years ago four-time Olympic vice-champion in Pyeongchang. “It’s crazy ! To hear the Marseillaise, that’s what everyone comes for. I said I came here to have fun. The fun he was 100% on the track. What I missed was the result. » The other Frenchmen, Manoël Bourdenx, Jordan Broisin and Oscar Burnham, are respectively 7and13and and 18and

Arthur Bauchet in the downhill event (standing), at the Beijing Paralympic Games, March 5, 2022.

Still going downhill, this time in the visually impaired category, the Blues won another medal, bronze, thanks to Hyacinthe Deleplace. The Frenchman, linked to his guide Valentin Giraud-Moine, showed a small disappointment at the finish of a race won by the Austrian Johannes Aigner, ahead of the Canadian Mac Marcoux: “I would have liked to have done better. Only I didn’t put in all the ingredients I could do two days ago [lors des entraînements]† And it feels instant. I’m a little disappointed, but happy nonetheless. †

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The disappointment for Marie Bochet

The Chinese track, on the other hand, did not smile at the French women on this first day of the Games. Gold medalist in Sochi (2014) and Pyeongchang (2018), Marie Bochet failed to make the pass of three in the downhill category, due to a loss of skis from the second gate of the route. In tears on arrival, the eight-time Paralympic champion confided that she hadn’t.” really explanatory. She will attempt CPR on Sunday at the super-G, where she is also a two-time title holder.

In biathlon, no medal for standard-bearer Benjamin Daviet, who finished at the foot of the podium during the sprint. Anthony Chalençon for his part hung the 9and placed in the visually impaired category.

Ukraine tops medal table

As a symbol, it is Ukraine that leads the medal table after the first day of the Paralympic Games. The Ukrainians won three titles thanks to Vitaliy Lukyanenko in the sprint (visually impaired), Grygorii Vovchynskyi (standing) and Oksana Shyshkova (visually impaired). “The medals don’t matter compared to what our relatives and people who have already suffered from the war are going through” in Ukraine, she said.

Oksana Shyshkova, behind guide Andriy Marchenko, at the Beijing Paralympic Games, March 5, 2022.

The Chinese athletes also got off to a good start at the Games with eight amulets, two in gold (Liu Zixu in the standing men’s sprint and Guo Yujie in the seated women’s sprint, three in silver and three in bronze). With a delegation of 96 athletes, China is already doing a lot better than four years ago, from the first day of competition. In 2018, China brought back just one medal from South Korea.

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