Tunis Grand Prix: Five of the Best

Home athletes among those who have made their mark 20 Jun 2018
a male wheelchair athlete at the end of the race

Walid Ktila has excelled at previous editions of his home Grand Prix in Tunis

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The 2018 World Para Athletics Grand Prix series heads to Africa this week for the Tunis Grand Prix from 22-24 June.

The three-day competition is the penultimate Grand Prix in 2018 and with the Para athletics season now in full swing, big performances are on the cards. But what has happened in years gone by?

Here are five top moments from past Grand Prix:

Hat trick for Tahti at first event

Tunis joined the Grand Prix circuit in 2014 and at that first meeting Finland’s five-time Paralympic champion Leo-Pekka Tahti was the star of the show, winning the 100m, 200m and 400m T54.

World record for Alnakhli

In 2015, Saudi Arabia’s Hani Alnakhli smashed his own men’s discus F33 world record with a throw of 29.50m. His mark added nearly one metre on to his previous best which he had recorded just one month earlier in Dubai.

Unstoppable Ktila

Tunisia’s multiple world and Paralympic champion Walid Ktila is a regular at the Tunis Grand Prix – he is also a regular at the top of the podium. In 2015 he took the win in the 100m, 200m, 400m and 800m T34; he went on to win all four events at the Doha 2015 World Championships.

Teenager Jebali makes her mark

Tunisia’s Raja Jebali was only 18-years-old when she smashed the women’s discus F40 world record in Tunis in 2016. Her throw of 21.50m added a massive 56cm on to the mark set by Nigerian Lauritta Onye at the 2015 World Championships.

African records tumble

Three new African records were set in one day’s competition in 2017. Tunisia’s Amir Soltane added 79cm to the two-year-old men’s shot put F11 record; in the men’s club throw F51, Algeria’s Walid Rezouani rewrote the regional record books with an opening round throw of 26.24m and Libya’s Shima Mohamed added nearly five metres on to the discus F46 African record with his best of 47.77m.