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12.54 kms, 6h55 swim between La Tranche-sur-Mer and the island of Ré...
On September 18, 2022, Marc Chaumont "entered the legend". 5 days later, if this 45-year-old paraplegic swimmer has put the "wheels" back on Earth, he still has his head in the stars. Inspiring interview and cash!
This could be the motto of Géraud Paillot who has just did five semi-Iron man of disabled category in 5 days. Suffering from multiple sclerosis for more than twenty years, the athlete has set a record of 565 kilometers between Saint-Malo (Ille-et-Vilaine), his land of origin, and Mont-Saint-Michel (Manche). Leaving on Sunday, August 28, 2022 at 6:30 am, the Malouin swallowed 1,900 meters of swimming, 90 kilometers of handbike and then 21 with his racing chair.
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Martin Hibbert had challenged himself to climb to the top of Kilimanjaro, and he managed to do so on June 13, after five days and 72 kilometers of ascent, despite his paraplegia, despite his wheelchair, since that's how Martin Hibbert, 45, made the ascent, five years after the terrorist attack that killed 22 people at the Manchester Arena. , May 22, 2017. That evening, he was just out of ariana Grande's concert when he found himself five meters away from the terrorist who detonated his explosive belt. Twenty-two shrapnel pierced his body, the doctors took 14 hours to operate on him, after which he learned that he would never walk again. His spinal cord has been hit, his legs are no longer responding.
The weather decided otherwise. When he had to decide, the guide of the Queyras David Preiss, who dreamed of accompanying Manoël, his childhood friend, to Mont Blanc could only deplore the too many uncertainties that remained.
The strong wind announced at more than 4,000 meters above sea level would probably not have allowed the rope of 12 people to reach the summit. This project with such complex logistics is therefore postponed to next year. Climbing Mont Blanc on skis is becoming more and more complex. However, it is by this means that the athlete Victor Pierrel, suffering from paraplegia, Oscar Burnham, amputee of one hand, and Manoël Bourdenx, tibial amputee, could have hoped to return to the high peaks.
Crédit photo : Le Courrier Français.com
Aged 44, Marc Chaumont, this paraplegic Luçonnais has set himself a challenge: swimming between La Tranche-sur-Mer and the island of Ré.
In April 2017, Marc had an accident.
“I received two 800 kg formwork benches on me. I woke up from a coma after 24 days and became aware of the lack of sensitivity in my legs, my spinal cord was severed in two places.
From the rehabilitation, I wanted to swim, succeeding was a real relief, when I swim, I am like everyone else, my disability is no longer visible. Since I can't work anymore, I want to do other things. My project is the swimming crossing from La Tranche-sur-Mer to the island of Ré. If I'm able to swim, just swim for a long time! Philippe Croizon encouraged me”.
Paralympic athlete and amateur mountaineer Gerard Descarrega, gold medallist in the 400m at Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020, became the first blind athlete to reach the summit of Mount Kenya, the highest mountain in the African country, at 5,199 metres.
After overcoming "very complicated moments" such as a storm in the middle of the descent of the African mountain, Gérard Descarrega managed to make three ascents, after those of the peak of Aneto in the Pyrenees, at 3,404 meters, and Mont Blanc, at 4,807 meters, in the Alps.
The ascent of Mount Kenya involved a solidarity action, as it gave materials to the blind community in Nairobi.