Another runner reached the pointer to represent the Brazilian athletics team at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo (Japan). On Wednesday (9), Fábio Bordignon not only set the mark in the 100m T35 (cerebral palsy) class, but also broke the Americas race record, of which he owned, by clocking 12sec 40 on day two of the race. The Selective Paralympics of the method, held at the Paralympic Training Center in São Paulo.
Until Saturday (12), the event targets runners. Starting next Tuesday (15), the athletes’ turn will be in the long jump and field competitions, in addition to the long jump. Disagreements continue on Thursday.
“It’s a pleasure to be back running and getting to the Tokyo Pointer. For me, this is definitely beyond everything that’s happened, a pandemic, I’m coming back from injury, I’ve recently been back in training and I thank my ENDF club [Associação Niteroiense dos Deficientes Físicos]Mr. Amori [Veríssimo, técnico chefe do atletismo] For all the support,” Pordenion told the official website of the Brazilian Paralympic Committee (CPB).
It will be the runner’s third participation in the Paralympics, being the second in the current method. At the London (UK) Games, 2012, he participated in Football 7, a sport aimed at athletes with cerebral palsy. Four years later, in Rio de Janeiro, already in athletics, he took silver in the 100 meters and 200 meters.
Last Tuesday (8), the first day of selectivity, sprinters Cristian Gabriel da Costa of the T37 (cerebral palsy) and Tomas Moraes of the T47 (arm amputees) earned indexes at the 100m and 400m respectively. Like them, Bordignon is also waiting for the end of the exams, on the nineteenth, to call the CPB to confirm vacancies.
Also on Wednesday, Alan Fontelles broke the Americas record in the T62 class (lower limb amputees with prosthetics) in the 100m, with a time of 11sec 25. However, the sprinter did not reach the Paralympic race benchmark (10s68).