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.
The F32 thrower took the win in the women’s club throw F31/32 to add to her shot put gold on the opening day of track and field action at the city’s Rades Athletics Stadium.
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.
Double Paralympic silver medallist Hania Aidi (F54) added to the host nation’s success as she won the women’s javelin F54/55/56/57 with a best of 18.17m (970 points).
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).
Asian Para Games silver medallist Radhi Alharthi (F51) of Saudi Arabia won the men’s discus F51/52/53 with a best of 9.17m (692 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).
On the track, Kuwaiti T54 racer Faisal Alrajehi (26.88) won the men’s 200m T34/53/54 with reigning T34 world champion Walid Ktila (27.12) in second place.
Tunisia’s Achraf Lahouel (T13) (51.45) crossed the line first in the men’s 400m T13/20/38/44 while in the men’s T36 event it was fellow Tunisian Imed Marzouk (1:00.22) who took the win.
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.