Tunis Para Athletics World Cup Gets Underway with World Record

Hani Alnakhli

The World Para Athletics Grand Prix moved to Tunis, Tunisia and as usual a number of records were broken in the competition with a number of field events seeing great performances and new records in the events on Thursday.

In the men’s discus F33 Saudi Arabian world record holder Hani Alnakhli was able to smash his own record adding 59 cm to it. Alnakhli was able to throw 30.09m as he won the event easily, smashing his own record.

There were scenes to delight the home crowd in the men’s shotput F11/F12/F20 as Amir Soltane of Tunisia claimed the win. His throw managed to add 79cm to the F11 African record which had stood for two years.

Two more African records were set in throwing events with Algerian Walid Rezouani managing 26.24m in the men’s club throw F51, adding 81cm to the record. In the men’s discus F42/44/46 Libyan Shima Mohamed managed 47.77m to smash the F46 record, adding 3.44m to that African record.

Four Tunisians managed to win their field events, led by Raoua Tlili in the women’s shot put F41, managing a 9.70m throw which put her top of the world rankings. There was continued success in the women’s shotput F32 as Maroua Ibrahmi threw 5.94m to get the win while Raja Jebali threw 7.88m in the women’s F40. The men’s discus F34 had another Tunisian winner as Mohamed Ali Krid threw 33.88m.

The other field events saw Greek shot putter Manolis Stefanoudakis win the F53-54 men’s event as he managed 8.41m. Moroccan Said Amoudi won the women’s shot put F34 with 7.26m, UAE thrower Mohamed Al Kaabi won the F35/36/37/40/41 men’s discus with 37.24m and Algerian Bakhta Benallou won the women’s F12/36/37/44 shot put with 9.90m.

On the track, two 100m races were run as the Saudi athlete Ali Alnakhli won the men’s T37 race with a time of 12.38 while Algerian Allel Boukhalfa won the T35/36 with a time of 13.16. The 200m men’s T44/45 was won by Saudi Nour Alsana and the T46/47 was won by Ivorian Addoh Kimou with a time of 24.56.

The 800m were the longest races of the day as Tunisian Bilel Aloui won the men’s T13/38/44 in 1:56.75 with his compatriot, Yassine Gharbi winning the men’s T54 in 1:50.03. The other 800m race was the men’s T36/37 won by Moroccan Hafid Aharak in a time of 2:14.49.

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