Pipo Carlomagno achieved the third Argentine medal in the Paralympic Games

Fernando Carlomagno from Rosario won the silver medal in the S7 100-meter backstroke swimming test this Monday, to accumulate the third medal of the Argentine delegation in the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

“Pipo” was only 69 hundredths behind the Ukrainian Andrii Trusov, who broke the world record with 1: 08.14, but achieved his first Paralympic medal, confirming his growth since Rio 2016. It was a historic final for Argentina because, in addition, there were two other representatives from Albiceleste: Iñaki Basiloff was seventh with 1: 15.00 and Lucas Poggi eighth with 1: 15.22, to stay with Paralympic diplomas.

The last silver medal in swimming had been achieved by Guillermo Marro in Athens 2004 in this same category, while “Pipo” Carlomagno is the third in Tokyo 2020 after the bronzes of Antonella Ruiz Díaz (shot put F41) and Yanina Martínez (200 meters of athletics T36).

The Charlemagne family was already related to the Paralympics, because Fernando Sr. competed in three Games: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. “Pipo”, now 29 years old, raised that ceiling and managed to close a remarkable Paralympic cycle, where the results during these years supported him to become a candidate.

Since Rio 2016, as recalled by the specialized site Para sports, his path was filled with podiums: In 2019, he had a magical year with three medals at the Parapan American Games in Lima (one gold and two bronze) and he also won the bronze at the London World Cup (in the 100 meters backstroke S7).

The pandemic made Tokyo have to wait a year. “The last year would have come with better energy, but this year I got better from the physical. I won and lost with the pandemic “revealed. The year without competition also served Fernando to fully immerse himself in his other great passion: “I am studying to become a primary school teacher. At my age, and beyond swimming, I think about the future. One day the physicist will say enough and you have to have something planned. In addition, I like the idea that the youngest see that a person with a disability can also be in front of a classroom and transmit all their knowledge and experience, “he said at the time.

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Barreto improved his mark in the 100 meters

Another highlight of the day was the Buenos Aires Hernán Barreto, who had a great race in the final of the 100 meters T35 of athletics, where he finished sixth with a time of 12.59, his all-time personal best in the test. Also, in the same final, Russian Dimitrii Safronov broke the Paralympic record with a time of 11.39.

At the Paralympic Games in Rio 2016, the native of Zárate achieved the bronze medal with a time of 12.85, so at the age of 30 he dropped his mark by more than 20 hundredths and set a new personal record.

Barreto, triple Paralympic medalist, must still compete in the 200 meters T35, test in which he got two consecutive Paralympic podiums (bronze medal in London 2012 and Rio 2016).

While, Gustavo Fernández from Cordoba, one of the highest medal hopes in Tokyo 2020, He beat Belgian Jef Vandorpe 6-2 6-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals. There he will face the British Gordon Reid, who defeated the Japanese Takashi Sanada in two sets, in a key match to reach the matches for the Paralympic medals.


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