The Ligurian swimmer wins the swimming gold medal at the Tokyo Paralympics in the 200 meters freestyle category S5. A race dominated from the start and ended with the five-circle record.
Genoa – Francesco Bocciardo wins the gold medal in swimming at the Tokyo Paralympics in the 200 meters freestyle category S5. A race dominated from the start for the Genoese who crossed the finish line in 2’26 “76, a new Paralympic record. According to the Spaniard Antoni Ponce Bertran spaced more than 8 seconds by the Genoese swimmer. Third step of the podium for the Brazilian Daniel de Faria Dias.
Bocciardo after the first 30 meters paired with the Spaniard gave a first acceleration and took off, from that moment on he was a absolute domination with the Genoese who didn’t give up anything. The hundred meters cut in 1’12 “13 with more than two seconds ahead of the Spanish Bertran, then the final without history that gives Liguria a gold medal at the Japanese Paralympics.
“It was a very difficult race also because it was the most important race, there were a lot of expectations, I didn’t think I could do it. From 55 meters I realized instead that I could do it, from there I continued, my arms were sore but I remembered all the people who believed in me and who have always supported me. The first thanks go to my coach and all the staff of the national team “commented Bocciardo immediately after the match.” I love you – Francesco writes on social media – see you again in the next few days “.
The champion of Genoese Swimmers trained by Luca Puce will go down to the pool for three other individual competitions and then in the relays. The gold rush has just begun. And moreover with the Paralympic record. A dream start.
The compliments from the Ligurian institutions
The compliments for Bocciardo come from all the top management of the Ligurian institutions and sports world. “There is already a piece of Liguria on the top step of the podium in Tokyo”, the president Giovanni Toti posted on Facebook. “We are proud to have it at work in the sport offices of the Liguria Region a great champion like Francesco. What an unforgettable summer our Azzurri are giving us! ”. Congratulations also come from Simona Ferro, regional councilor for sport, and Ilaria Cavo, regional councilor for social policies. Stefano Anzalone, councilor delegated to sport of the Municipality of Genoa is also exulted: “Francesco Bocciardo is a unique athlete, a real citizen pride to whom I want to send my heartfelt congratulations not only from me, but also from the mayor Bucci and of the whole administration. A career that is growing, from the disappointments of London to the triumph of Rio in 2016 and which today is confirmed at an absolute level “.
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