The Portuguese Telmo Pinão benefited from the disqualification of the Belgian Ewoud Vromant to finish the 3,000 meter individual pursuit C2 in eighth place, thus securing the first diploma for Portugal in the Paralympic Games taking place in Tokyo, Japan.
Pinão finished the race with the ninth best time of 4.03.192 minutes, beating the national record that belonged to him for more than four seconds, but Vromant’s disqualification, following a protest over irregularities on the bicycle, allowed the Portuguese to rise to the eighth place of the general, a position that gives the right to a diploma.
Vromant had set the best time of the undercard, 330,290 minutes, a new world record.
In swimming, Diogo Cancela set the new national record in the SB8 100 meters breaststroke at 1.19.30 minutes, insufficient time to ensure his presence in the final. He finished 12th overall.