Tokyo Paralympic Games: why an athlete from Saint-Denis was disqualified?

The athlete from Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) was disqualified on Saturday August 28, 2021 from the 400 meters series.
The athlete from Saint-Denis (Seine-Saint-Denis) was disqualified on Saturday August 28, 2021 from the 400 meters series. (© Flick France Paralympic)

Yet he was largely victorious. Saturday August 28, 2021, Timothée Adolphe, visually impaired athlete licensed at the Saint-Denis Emotion (Seine-Saint-Denis) was disqualified of the 400-meter event at the Tokyo Paralympic Games. At issue: the loss of the link that held him back to his guide, Jeffrey Lami.

The broken link

However, Timothée Adolphe was in the lead. And as he was about to cross the finish line, the cord that connected the runner and his guide is let loose. An error which was enough to disqualify the athlete.

“I crack in the last few meters, it forces Jeffrey to slow down, it breaks the pace. And since it is hot, there is sweat on the link, it slips… “, explains Timothée Adolphe afterwards to the newspaper. The Team. Trésor Gauthier Makunda, athlete from Hauts-de-Seine was a bronze medalist. The gold medal went to the Spaniard Gerard Descarrega.

Chances for the 100 meters

A new disillusion for the one nicknamed the white cheetah. In 2016, Timothée Adolphe had already been disqualified from the 400 meters event. This time he was blamed for biting the inside line of the hallway. Timothée Adolphe can still qualify for the 100-meter final, Wednesday September 1.

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