Noura Al Ketbi claims silver in shot put F32 class to win a seventh Paralympics medal for UAE

The UAE have increased their medal tally at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to seven after Noura Al Ketbi clinched silver in the women's shot put F32 on Sunday morning.
The UAE's Sara Al Senaani, right, poses with her bronze medal after a personal best throw secured third place in the shot put F33. Lucas Uebel / Getty Images
The UAE's Sara Al Senaani, right, poses with her bronze medal after a personal best throw secured third place in the shot put F33. Lucas Uebel / Getty Images

The UAE have increased their medal tally at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games to seven after Noura Al Ketbi clinched silver in the women’s shot put F32 class on Sunday morning.

Having already beaten their previous best of four medals, set at the Athens 2004 Games, the UAE continue to impress in Brazil.

Al Ketbi threw a distance of 4.70 metres to comfortably claim silver ahead of Australia’s Louise Ellery, whose throw of 4.19m was good enough for bronze. Tunisia’s Maroura Brahmi stormed to the gold with a best throw of 5.76m.

Al Ketbi’s silver medal comes 24 hours after compatriot Sara Al Senaani won the UAE’s sixth medal of the Rio Games in the women’s shot put F32 class, setting a personal best in the process.

Al Senaani’s best throw of 5.09 ensured bronze for the Emirati, a mere centimetre ahead of Australia’s Brydee Moore.

Qatar’s Sara Hamdi Masoud took silver with a throw of 5.39, with Algeria’s Asmahan Boudjadar taking the gold with a distance of 5.72m.

The UAE’s unprecedented success in Rio so far has resulted in two gold medals — for Mohammed Khalaf in the men’s -88kg powerlifting and Mohamed Al Hammadi in the men’s 800m T33/34 race — four silvers, and a bronze.

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Published: September 18, 2016 04:00 AM

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