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Iraq’s Abbas Al-Darraji competes in men’s T38 100m at 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships

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Iraq’s Abbas Al-Darraji. Image credit: IPC Athletics

In a race that was mostly against the clock with winds of -0.8, Iraq’s Abbas Al-Darraji competed in men’s T38 100m at 2016 IPC Athletics Asia-Oceania Championships in Dubai.  He was the only competitor in his event, where he set at time of 12.23. Abbas Al-Darraji’s time was good enough to meet the 2016 Paralympic B-Qualifying time of  13 seconds.  It was also one of the best times put up this year so far.

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24-year-old Al-Darraji still has two more events left on his Dubai program, including the 200 meters and 400 meters.  Last year at an IPC Grand Prix in Dubai, he  won a silver in  the men’s T37/38 400 meter race. He set an A-Paralympic qualifying time last year in the 400 meters in Dubai.  So far, he lacks an A or B qualifying time in the 200 meters.

Darraji’s best event is arguably the 800 meters, winning silver in the men’s T37/38 800 meter race at an IPC Grand Prix in Dubai last year.  The T38 competitor had a time of 2:07.14, good enough to set a new Asian record. The men’s T38 event is not on the 2016 Paralympic program.

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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.

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