Toulouse swimmer Ugo Didier, a member of the Cogno circuit of swimmers, was aiming to win the gold medal in the 400m freestyle. Unfortunately, Australian William Martin was too strong. Haut-Garonnais finished second, 1”08 behind the winner. The French were born with atrophied lower limbs and club feet, and competed in the S9 class. At only nineteen, he won his first Olympic medal. “I am 100% happy with this medal. It rewards a lot of work, a lot of investment, especially after this particular year. I am making my best times, so I have no regrets.”
Because Toulouse not only won an Olympic medal. With a time of 4’11”33 in the final, he broke the French but also the European category record.
Far from being weird
Ugo Didier does not come out of nowhere. Prior to the Games, he was a multiple international medalist. Two-time European Champion, World Champion in 2017 and Vice Champion in 2019. A brutal record already for an INSA student.
Especially since the French have other opportunities to shine in Tokyo. He also participates in the 100m backstroke and 200m medley. “The aim of the game is to give back as much as possible for both of them. I hope we can give back a lot,” he said after the race, of his roommate, Alex Portal, who is also a swimmer. Stay alert, Hugo Didier hasn’t finished talking about it.
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