Argentina’s eighth medal at the Tokyo Paralympic Games came in epic fashion. Juan Samorano conquered the bronze medal in the K44 75 kg category in taekwondo with a kick in the last second against the Kazakh Nurlan Dombayev, two times world champion (Antalya 2019 and London 2017) and third best seeded.
“I am very excited, happy. We came to seek the best results, whenever I go out on the court I go out to win. I was not given the gold one, which is what I was looking for, but I got the bronze one, which reflects a very good job we did. I received a lot of affection and love from many people, from all over the country. I am very excited, happy. I have many people to thank. I wanted to make history and with this medal I did it ”, explained the Merlo native in dialogue with DeporTV.
The Argentine athlete, who came to this tournament after winning gold at the Parapan American Games in Lima 2019, lost his right forearm after being involved in a traffic accident in 2007. “After the accident, I thought the world was ending. , until I found the sport. Sport helped me a lot, it gave me this enormous possibility of being in a Paralympic Game, “he said.
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The Argentine won by the minimum and in the last second against Kazakh Dombayev (13-12) and exploded with emotion.
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Samorano, who after defeating the Ukrainian Anton T-shirts succumbed against Dombayev, managed to take revenge in the final fight. After being free in the quarterfinals of the repechage, in the semifinals he beat local Shunsuke Kudo 42-22.
“I lived it like a nightmare. In the second fight he took me out. Then I found out that he was a world champion. He beat me by gold point. I spoke to my coach and we told each other that this time he was not beating us, that if we were wrong it was once, not twice. We knew it was the last fight, that it was the medal or to leave with nothing. I had promised my old man a medal, and luckily I can take it to him, ”he said happily.
The Kazakh started at the top by staying with the first round (5-4) and the second (7-3). However, the Argentine did not surrender and with a huge comeback he was left with the third round with an agonizing 6-0 that allowed him to reach the bronze medal. “It is an important medal, for which I worked a lot,” he concluded.
The medal achieved by Juan Samora for Argentinav is the seventh 6, four silver and three bronze.
The Argentine delegation also secured an eighth medal that could be gold or silver, in the football final for blind people who will cheer on Los Murcielagos against Brazil at dawn this Saturday.
The performance of the Argentines has already surpassed that of Rio 2016, an event in which five medals were achieved, although this time Yanina Martínez won gold in the 100-meter freestyle, and there was one silver and three bronze.