Fernando Pipo Carlomagno gave the first silver medal to the Argentine delegation at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games on Monday, finishing the decisive race of the specialty 100 meters backstroke S7 in second position, behind the Ukrainian Andrii Trusov, who was carried the gold.
The 28-year-old from Rosario, who had achieved the best time in the swimming qualifying rounds, set a time of 1: 08.83 and finished second, behind the Ukrainian Andrii Trusov, who won the Gold by registering a new world record with 1: 08.83. Third was the Israeli Mark Malyar, with 1: 10.08.
At the Aquatic Center in the Japanese capital, the 28-year-old swimmer from Rosario made history in Argentine Paralympic swimming, because the last silver medal had been won by Guillermo Marro, in Athens 2004, in the same category.
In this way, Charlemagne raises the medal harvest for the Argentine delegation to three. The previous medals in the Tokyo Paralympics were bronze and were achieved by Antonella Ruiz Díaz, in the F41 shot put, and Yanina Martínez, in the 200 meters T36 of athletics.
There were two other Argentine participants in the medal event that took place at the Tokyo Aquatic Center: Neuquén Iñaki Basiloff was sixth (1: 15.00), while Lucas Poggi, a native of Villa Urquiza, achieved eighth place (1: 15.22 ). Both received Paralympic diplomas.
As the journalist reports Hernan Sartori, Pipo Charlemagne, who was born with a family spastic paraparesis, took revenge for not being able to enter the final of 100 meters backstroke and having finished last in the decisive competition of 200 meters Medley, both tests also belonging to Tokyo 2020. In In the Rio 2016 Games, Pipo Carlomagno had finished in sixth position in the 100-meter backstroke S8, and in ninth position in the 100-meter backstroke SB7.
The swimmer from Rosario has swimming and sports in his blood. His father, Fernando Charlemagne, participated in the Paralympic Games in Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004, while his mother is a physical education teacher.