Morocco’s El Garraa ignites Africa’s gold rush in athletics at London Paralympic Games


Africa’s campaign in athletics at the 2012 London Paralympics got off to a promising start when Morocco’s Najat El Garraa (Centre) and Tunisian Raoua Tlili clinched the the gold and silver medals in the women F 40 Discus on Friday (31 August). China’s Men Genjimisu (left claimed the bronze medal in a new Asian record of 30.44m

Morocco’s Najat El Garraa clinch Africa’s first gold medal in athletics at the London Paralympic Games on Friday (31 August).
Competing in the women’s discus (F40), El Garraa carried the day with a new world record of 32.37. Tunisian Raoua Tlili was runner up in a lifetime best of 32.16.
Meanwhile Egypt’s Metawa Aboue Ikhir and Algerian Lahoari Bahlaz each clinched a bronze medal in men’s discus and club throw respectively.
Although she was way behind in fifth place in the women’s (CL T34) 100m Tunisia’s Yousra Ben Jemaa broke new grounds. She covered the distance in 20.52 which is a new Africa record.
SELECTED RESULTS FROM ATHLETICS AT THE LONDON PARALYMPIC GAMES AS AT (DAY ONE) FRIDAY 31 AUGUST
MEN
Results include only those who completed in the final of their event
CL denotes classification of the athletes’ level of disability
PB denotes Personal Best
AR denotes Africa Record
PR denotes Paralympics Games Record
WR denotes World Record
MEN
200m CL T37 (+0.2)
5 Sofiane Hamdi (Algeria) 23.67; 6 Fanie van der Merwe (South Africa) 23.79
Discus CL 57/58
3 Metawa Aboue Ikhir (Egypt) 54.19
Club Throw (CL 31/32/51)
3 Lahoari Bahlaz (Algeria) 36.31 (CL F32 PR)
6 Mohammed Zemzem (Tunisia) 24.63 (CL F51 AR)
8 Karim Betina (Algeria) (F32 27.91)
10 Hamza Elhmali (Libya) (CL F32 28.29)
WOMEN
100m CL T34
5 Yousra Ben Jemaa (Tunisia) 20.52 AR
Long Jump CL F37
10 Johanna Benson (Namibia) 3.71 (+2.6)
Discus CL35/36
6 Chenelle van Zyl (South Africa) 21.57
Discus CL F40
1 Najat El Garraa (Morocco) 32.37 PB/WR; 2 Raoua Tlili (Tunisia) 31.16 PB; 4 Laila El Garaa (Morocco) 25.57; 6 Fatiha Mehdi (Algeria) 13.64

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