If, in accordance to the sports activities dictionary, “we do not change a winning team”, Fabien Lamirault has, for his half, “changed a winning racket”. A paid selection.
With this, the table tennis player from Nans-les-Pins, licensed at Marseille Provence TTH, gained a 3rd world title in disabled table tennis (class 2, wheelchair) in mid-November in Granada, Spain.
“Before, I used an extended pimple (quite defensive overlaying permitting to counter the opponent’s ball by reversing the results) in the reverse. From now on, I put a comfortable (brief pimple). My recreation has fully modified in the backhand axisanalyzes the 42-year-old Varois.
“I can vary my balls a lot more. I found that with my old equipment, with which I had been playing for eight years, I had gone to the end of my ideas. I was no longer able to progress too much, I was going around in circles. And I also wanted to enjoy myself at the table while always keeping the hope of continuing to learn.”
A even handed change, permitting him specifically to be extra aggressive, by ending sure factors extra rapidly with extra rectilinear trajectories.
“There is less holding the ball, playing gaining ground to push the opponent to make a mistake. Especially since the nature of my backhand ball was known and integrated on the side of my competitors. Now it’s less the case”he summarizes.
But even for a champion of this caliber, it was essential to dare this alteration. Knowing that since 2014, Fabien Lamirault has gained virtually all the particular person and workforce crowns. The first in the world rating and double Paralympic champion in title once more beat the Polish Rafal Czuper (2nd) in the last.
But not like that of the final Games gained three units to two, he gained this one three units to nothing. “It was still a close battle despite everything [11-9, 11-8, 11-9] where we both played well”he believes.
“We meet fairly often in the finals of main competitions. It was the sixth time (two European, two World and two Paralympic finals) and I had the success of successful all of them. So I’ve an plain psychological ascendancy.”
“Wind of Freshness”
Only small false notice: his elimination in combined doubles (7 pts) with Alexandra Saint-Pierre (gold medalist at school 5, armchair) as quickly as they entered the operating. But their potential is however sturdy for 2023, but in addition for the Paris Games in 2024.
Just like that of a renewed French workforce which had by no means seen so many tricolors in the last of the particular person tables – 5 – since 2002.
“Even if the Chinese delegation was absent because of Covid-19, there is a good generation of young people between 18 and 25 who are coming to expand the team. It does us good and brings us a breath of fresh air”he concludes.
A freshness that he has already discovered himself by altering the pins of his racket.