The star earned the fifth consecutive gold medal.
Wheelchair user Leo-Pekka Star took silver in the 100-meter reel in the T54 series at the Tokyo Paralympics on Wednesday. Gold was taken by an 18-year-old from Thailand Athiwat Paeng-Nuea.
Paeng-Nueng’s time was 13.76 and Star’s 13.85. Third, Mexico coiled Juan Pablo Cervantes Garcia at 13.87.
“I lost well today. The end began to settle a little. There was not enough gunpowder for two bets today, ”Tähti, 38, stated in Yle’s interview.
“Silver came in hard times, so you can’t be really disappointed. Of course, I came to apply for the championship. ”
The star further stressed that he is absolutely proud of the medal.
“When the name is Star, the assumption is that there will always be victory, but the reality is not always that way. Silver will definitely taste better tomorrow. ”
In the early rounds rolled earlier in the morning, the Star was the fastest with 13.81.
Pori resident The star promised to continue his career for at least a couple of years and did not rule out the possibility of participating in the 2024 Paris Paralympics.
“If you could bully a Thai for another year and see what the curds are enough for. I will continue as long as I am okay. ”
The star had mastered the 100-meter reel to his liking and had not lost a single race for several years. In his name is also a world record, 13.63, of the 2012 London Paralympics.
The star won the 100-meter distance since the 2004 Athens Paralympics and earned one hundred and five fifth consecutive gold medals. In Athens, he also won the 200-meter race and reeled in the 200-meter bronze medal in Beijing in 2008, but since then the 200-meter distance has not been on the Paralympic program.
In Tokyo, Tähti also took part in the 400 meters, but in her minor sport she did not reach the final.
Men & # 39; s 100 m Heat T54 Final (+1.0 m / s):
1) Athiwat Paeng-Nuea Thailand 13.76, 2) Leo-Pekka Star Finland 13.85, 2) Juan Pablo Cervantes Garcia Mexico 13.87, 4) Zhang Ying China 14.04, 5) Samuel Carter Australia 14.08 , 6) Hu Yang China 14.09, 7) Vun Van Cambodia 14.21, 8) Kenny van Weeghel Holland 14.53.