Hélder Mestre and Luís Costa earn two more diplomas for Portugal

Athletes Hélder Mestre and Luís Costa won the seventh and eighth diplomas for Portugal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

In the final of the 200 meters T51 (motor disability), Hélder Mestre achieved the best personal time of the time, 42.75 seconds, which earned him sixth place in the overall standings.

However, it fell short of the national record (41.17), which belongs to it and far from the podium places, with the Finnish Toni Piispanen (36.81) becoming champion, followed by the Belgians Peter Genyn (37.11) and Roger Habsch (38.33).

Before, Luís Costa had completed the H5 time trial with a time of 42.42.18 minutes, a record that earned him seventh place, a position that also entitles him to a diploma.

Dutch Mitch Valize, who clocked 38.12.94, won gold, Frenchman Loic Vergnaud (39.15.16) and Irishman Gary O’Reilly (39.36.36), won silver and bronze, respectively.

Telmo Pinão was 11th in the individual time trial in class C2 with a time of 41.56.90 minutes, Australian Darren Hicks (34.39.78) won the gold medal.

In swimming, Susana Veiga finished 10th in the qualifiers for the 100 meter freestyle S9 and failed to reach the final.

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