Laurent Cadot raised his arms to heaven when his boat had not yet crossed the finish line. His lead was such that he could celebrate the para-rowing world title won in the PR3 mixed double sculls with Elur Alberdi on Friday in the Racice basin in the Czech Republic. For their first season together, Cadot, 39, and Alberdi, 45, were able to take advantage of a big technical foul by the Brazilians to win with a 2.12 lead in a boat that will feature for the first time in the program of the Paralympic Games in 2024 in Paris.
“We all three wanted it to work. We make a hallucinating final »
"Humanly, it's huge, reports Elur Alberdi. We're in the para team, that means we have a handicap and sometimes, like my case and Laurent's, it's accidents, and in life you have to bounce back, that's is hard. It is a second youth that I grasp enormously with all my heart. This medal for me is huge”
Laurent Cadot was just as moved, he who participated in the Olympic Games (6th with the eight in 2004) and who only really accepted his handicap this year. “Coming here, he said, I didn't think we could be world champions. It's a boat that was built very quickly with a lot of desire from coach Loïc (Wedding), from both of us. We all three wanted it to work. We make a hallucinating final. The Brazilians made mistakes at the start due to the pressure, but we managed to take our chance. We did a 2000 with very few mistakes, with a huge last 300 meters that allowed us to win. » Laurent Cadot will do it again on Saturday with the PR3 coxless four final.