DUBAI // Algeria’s Asmahane Boudjadar was one of the top acts at the 8th Fazza IPC Athletics Grand Prix in Dubai last week, improving on a world record and smashing an African record as well at the Dubai Police Officer’s Club stadium.
Boudjadar (F33) set a new mark in the women’s javelin (F33/34) with a throw of 11.99m (859 points) on the third day of the championships, adding 48cm to the mark she had set in Tunisia 12 months ago.
A day earlier, she had set a new African record in the women’s shot put (F32/33) with her final throw of 5.56m (833 points), besting the previous record by 45cm.
There were world records set in the women’s long jump and the women’s 400m as well, and several new regional marks were smashed during the four-day event.
Leading the pack in the individual gross tally were The Netherlands’s Margriet van den Broek and Marcel Hug of Switzerland with five medals each. Hug won three golds and a silver and bronze while Van den Broek had four golds and a bronze.
So many feats prompted Juma Thani Balarkad, the chairman of the organising committee, to salute the performance of the athletes.
“Looking at the number of new records that have been set here, I can confidently say the level at the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro will not be much higher from what we saw here,” Balarkad said at the closing ceremony of the championships.
“That is why I am really proud of the event we have just had. The athletes were absolutely fantastic and spared no effort on the field. They were spectacular.”
An ecstatic Van den Broek said: “If this is an indication for the Paralympic Games in Rio, then that would be fantastic!” The Dutchwoman is yet to be selected for the summer showpiece in Brazil.
“I don’t know for sure if I’m going to Rio, but I think I’ve got a good chance. We have a lot of very good athletes in Holland.”
Germany’s Claudia Nicoleitzik bettered her own world record in the women’s long jump with a penultimate jump of 4.11m (907 points), adding 2cm to her previous world mark set in Dubai two years ago.
Italy’s Oxana Corso knocked more than a second off her previous 400m T35 world record, when she clocked 1:19.44 in the women’s 400m T33 category.Among the other regional records that were rewritten at the championships, Qatar’s Sara Hamdi Masoud (F33) broke the Asian record in the women’s shot put with a throw of 5.08m (711 points), which earned her a silver medal behind Boudjadar.
Morocco’s Saida Amoudi broke the African record in the shot put F34 with a winning throw of 7.32m, which added 5cm to the previous mark she set when finishing fourth at last year’s world championships.
The women’s javelin F55 also saw a new African record as Kenya’s Nelly Jeptoo Sile added nearly 2m to her previous mark with a winning throw of 14.54m, while Cameroon’s Christian Gobe added 1.38m on to his own African record as he won the men’s shot put F55 with a throw of 10.78m.
Russia’s Galina Lipatnikova (F36) smashed the European women’s discus throw F11-12/36-38 record with a third round effort of 23.57m (862 points), while her compatriot Elena Gorlova (F51) set a new European mark as she won the discus F51/52/53/54 with a throw of 10.92m (1,153 points).
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