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Hosts Tunisia lead in medal count after first full day at the IPC Grand Prix in Tunis

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Mehman Ramazanov of Azerbaijan threw for a distance of 31.77 to win silver. Image credit: Azərbaycan Milli Paralimpiya Komitəsi .:: ::. /

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.

Laura Hale
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Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees. She has a PhD in Communications from the University of Canberra.

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