With the first day of competition completed yesterday at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunis, the hosts led all countries in medals with 13 golds, 6 silvers and 9 bronzes. Algeria was second in total medals with 8 golds, 9 silver and 4 bronzes. Nigeria was third with 4 golds, 1 silver and 0 bronzes.
Other countries with gold medals include Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Kenya, Egypt, India and Rwanda. Several countries finished day one with out earning a medal, including Romania, Belgium, Greece and Morocco.
One of Algeria’s gold medals came from a world record setting performance by Safia Djelal in in the javelin F55/56/57. On her third attempt, she threw a distance of 25.71 meters to the set the record, and easily beat second place finisher Cecilia Wangechi Mwangi of Kenya who threw for a distance of 18.86.
Another gold medal for Algeria came from Abdellatif Baka, who repeated his gold medal winning performance in the men’s T13 800 meter event in Dubai. He posted a time of 1:54.46. Abdelillah Mame of Morocco came in second with a time of 1:57.05.
Walid Ktila of Tunisia came away with two gold medals on the day after winning the T33/34 100 meter and 800 meter events. Mehman Ramazanov of Azerbaijan came away with silver in his discus event after throwing for a distance of 31.77.