Ibrahmi lays down marker ahead of London 201716.04.2017
The Tunisian thrower was in fine form at the World Para Athletics Grand Prix in Tunis.
Tunisia’s double Paralympic gold medallist Maroua Ibrahmi lay down her marker for the year with a dominant performance on home soil on the third day of competition (Saturday 15 April) at the Tunis Grand Prix.
Ibrahmi finished over six metres clear of her rivals with a best of 23.35m – a vital confidence boost for the 28-year-old who will no doubt be determined to defend her two world titles in London, Great Britain this summer.
Tunisia notched up further wins through Yasser Satouri (F11) in the men’s discus F11/12 – he managed 31.23m (645 points) with his second throw of the competition; Jihed Zaabi (F36) won the men’s shot put F35/36/37/38 with his fourth round effort of 12.85m (847 points).
Oman secured their first gold medal of the meeting through Mohammed Al Mashaykh, who threw 9.02m in the men’s shot put F32 to finish well clear of the rest of the field.
There was success for Morocco out in the field too as Abdelhak Salibi (F55) topped the podium in the men’s javelin F55/57, throwing a best of 24.23m (745 points); Azeddine Nouiri (F34) won the men’s shot put F33/34 with a fourth round effort of 10.83m (823 points) and Hayat El Garaa (F41) won the women’s javelin F37/41/44 with a best of 19.19m (725 points).
Saudi Arabia claimed the top two spots in the men’s 400m T37, with Ali Alnakhli (58.26) leading the way ahead of his compatriot Saud Alwani (59.25).
The men’s 400m T34/53/54 was won by home favourite Yassine Gharbi (48.68) while his teammate Sonia Mansour (1:05.04) notched up another Grand Prix victory, adding the women’s 400m T37/38 to her win over 200m a day previously.
The final event on the track was the men’s 5,000m T12/13, and it was the host nation who reached the top of the podium one more time, as Bilel Hammami crossed the line in 15:04.64.
The 2017 World Para Athletics Grand Prix series now heads to Sao Paulo, Brazil, for the third Grand Prix of the year from 21-23 April.