Bebe Vio makes history with second Paralympic gold medal in wheelchair fencing

Aug 29, 2021 357

Bebe Vio is still golden. At the end of an extraordinary day and a dominated final - even on 7-4 she had to replace the prosthesis of her left arm - the Italian flag bearer beat 15-9 the Chinese Zhou Jingjing, defeated 5 years ago in the final at Rio 2016. Bebe was untouchable: six successes out of six in the rounds, then the assaults without history in the quarters and in the semifinals (15-4 on Vasileva). Finally, in the appointment with history, a final all conducted in advantage.

"When I was a child they told me that you can't fence without arms and that I would have to change sport, but I proved to everyone that arms aren't necessary: if you have a dream, go and get it," said Bebe, from Mogliano Veneto, during the press conference at the opening of the Paralympics. Now she, who was the first to compete with prostheses on all four limbs, has already won everything at the age of 24: Olympic, World and European gold medals.

A suffered medal that of Bebe Vio at the Tokyo Paralympics, more than the first gold of Rio 2016: "Last April 4 I had to operate and it seemed that this Paralympics should not be there, we prepared everything in two months, I do not know how we did it. I had a staph infection that went much worse than it should have and the first diagnosis was amputation within two weeks of my left limb and death within a short time. I am happy, do you understand why I cried so much? The orthopedist worked a miracle, he was great, the whole staff was. This medal is absolutely not mine, it's all theirs. And tomorrow there is the really important competition, the one with my teammates".

The satisfactions, for our colors, continued with swimming, with the silver of Xenia Francesca Palazzo in the 200 freestyle SM8 (2'47″86) and the bronze of Stefano Raimondi in the 100 freestyle S10 (51″45). The first joy of the day, however, was given by the multifaceted Veronica Yoko Plebani at Odaiba Marine Park. After having made her debut in 2014 at the Winter Games in Sochi in parasnowboarding and having competed at the Summer Games in Rio 2016 in paracanoeing, the 25-year-old from Gavardo, Brescia, finished third in the PTS2 category, crowning her dream in triathlon. Discipline that, shortly after, also brought in dowry a silver with Anna Barbaro and her guide Charlotte Bonin in the women's PTVI. With the five pearls of the day, Italy climbs to tenth place in the medals table with 18 medals: 5 golds, 7 silvers and 8 bronzes.

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