Tunisian athlete breaks world discus record on final day of IPC Athletics Grand Prix
Raja Jebali of Tunisia ensured the hosts finished their home International Paralympic Committee (IPC) Athletics Grand Prix event in style as she broke the women’s F40 discus world record at the Rades Athletics Stadium in Tunis.
Jebali smashed the mark set by Nigeria’s Lauritta Onye at last year’s IPC Athletics World Championships by 56 centimetres by throwing 21.50 metres to secure gold as Tunisia enjoyed another podium sweep.
Raoua Tlili, world champion in the F41 classification, took home silver while Fathia Amaimia picked up bronze.
Hania Aidi maintained the Tunisian success on the final day as she outshone the rest of the field to take gold in the women’s F53/54 shot put by recording a best attempt of 7.11m.
The field events continued to yield results for Tunisia as Faouzi Rzig reigned supreme in the men’s F34 javelin, throwing 32.46m to claim a commanding triumph.
Paralympic silver medallist Sonia Mansour added to the hosts’ haul out on the tack by topping the podium in the women’s T35/36/38 200m in a time of 29.40sec.
Tunisia’s Yassine Gharbi ousted team-mate Fethi Zouinkhi in the T54 800m to secure his second gold of the weekend as the home nation finished at the summit of the medal table at the end of the three days of competition with 31 golds, 22 silvers and 10 bronze.
Greek world champion Manolis Stefanoudakis was another athlete to wrap up a second title of the meeting by winning the men’s F53/54/55 javelin as his best of 28.60m was enough to fend off the rest of the competitors in the discipline.
- By Liam Morgan
- Republished with permission insidethegames.biz