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Raoua Tlili

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Tlili notched up her sixth world title at London 2017, completing the ‘double double’ as she safely defended her shot put and discus F41 titles from Doha 2015.

The Tunisian went in to the competition in the British capital as favourite for gold, and she didn’t disappoint, setting new championship records on both events.

In the discus F41, Tlili threw a best of 32.29m – more than six metres clear of her rivals, while in the shot put F41 she also won by a clear margin, registering 10.04m with her opening attempt.

The F41 thrower has been at the top of her sport for a number of years, having made her senior international debut back in 2006.

At Rio 2016, she maintained her 100 per cent record of winning gold at every Paralympic Games she has competed in, topping the podium in both the shot put and discus events.

At the Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games, Tlili threw what was then a world record 8.95m in the shot put to take the top spot on the podium. She also won a silver medal in the discus with a best of 27.61m.

The Tunisian repeated that success four years later at London 2012 with another world record - this time throwing 9.86m for shot put gold, and 31.16m for discus silver.

Rio 2016 was her third Games and a season’s best 10.19m was good enough to secure a hat-trick of Paralympic shot put titles. Having won silver twice before, she finally won gold in the discus with a world record 33.38m throw.

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F41

Further personal information

Occupation
Athlete
Languages
Arabic, French

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She took up Para athletics at age 16 in Gafsa, Tunisia.

International debut

Year
2006
Competing for
Tunisia
Location
Morocco

General interest

Awards and honours
In 2016 and 2017 she was named Best Impaired Sportswoman of the Year by the Tunis Afrique Presse agency. (tunisports.net, 28 Dec 2017; directinfo.webmanagercenter.com, 25 Feb 2017)

In 2016 she received the Medal for Sporting Merit from the President of Tunisia in recognition of her performance at the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (paralympic.org, 10 Jun 2017; kapitalis.com, 06 Jun 2017)
Impairment
She is a person of short stature. (paralympic.org, 23 Oct 2015)

Results

Unit Date Rank
IPC Athletics World Championships Assen 2006 (Assen, Netherlands)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F40 Final Round 4
Women's Discus Throw F40 Final Round 3
Beijing 2008 Paralympic Games (Beijing, China)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F40 Final Round 1
Women's Discus Throw F40 Final Round 2
2011 IPC Athletics World Championships (Christchurch, New Zealand)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F40 Final 2011-01-23 1
Women's Discus Throw F40 Final 2011-01-29 2
London 2012 Paralympic Games (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F40 Final Round 2012-08-31 2
Women's Shot Put F40 Final Round 2012-09-08 1
IPC Athletics World Championships (Lyon, France)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F41 Final 1 2013-07-25 1
IPC Athletics 2015 World Championships (Doha, Qatar)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F41 Final 1 2015-10-23 1
Women's Shot Put F41 Final 1 2015-10-26 1
Rio 2016 Paralympic Games (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Shot Put F41 Final Round 2016-09-09 1
Women's Discus Throw F41 Final Round 2016-09-15 1
World Para Athletics Championships London 2017 (London, Great Britain)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's Discus Throw F41 Final 1 2017-07-15 1
Women's Shot Put F41 Final 1 2017-07-19 1