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Meet our athletes competing at the Paralympics

Between August 24 and September 5 the Paralympic Games take place in Tokyo. Four athletes from the SNCF Athletes programme will compete and try to win for France.

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Les athlètes SNCF sélectionnés à Tokyo

Already 5 medals for the SNCF Athletes

During the Olympic Games that ended on 8 August, our athletes won a total of 5 Olympic medals.

Now it’s turn for our Paralympians to shine in Tokyo. Trésor Makunda, Angélina Lanza, Romain Noble and Cédric Nankin will compete in Tokyo between 24 August and 5 September. Meet our elite athletes.

Cédric Nankin

“I’m pretty confident about our first three Olympic matches”, said Cédric, a member of the wheelchair rugby team, earlier this year. “We’re training now, and the atmosphere is great.  We’ve had a string of victories, and we’re keen to put the finishing touches on our tactics during our next trip to England.” Be sure to watch him compete between August 25 and 29.

Angélina Lanza

Angélina Lanza, who won two gold medals in 2018 at the World Para Athletic Europeans Championships, represents a new hope for these Paralympic Games. She got off to a strong start at this year’s events, scoring 3 medals in sprint and long jump. You’ll find her on the tracks from 27 August to 5 September.

Romain Noble

Fencer Romain Noble was selected by the French Para Athletic Federation to represent France in Tokyo.  The French sabre champion has returned to competition in fine form, winning first place in épée and second in sabre at the National Challenge in Troyes, France.  In Tokyo, the SNCF Paralympian will take part in individual sabre, individual épée, team épée and team foil events 25-29 August.

Trésor Makunda

A calf injury prevented Trésor Makunda from competing in the European Championships in Poland, 1-5 June and the French National Championships in Albi, 12-13 June.  But his rankings were still so strong that the French Para Athletic Federation selected him for the Paralympic Games on 6 July. He’s had a winning season in 2021, with a gold medal at the Grand Prix in Dubai, a silver at the Grand Prix in Tunis, and a bronze at the Maisons-Alfort para-athletic meet. Now we’re all rooting for Trésor to recover completely in time to win a fourth Paralympic medal in Tokyo!