Tokyo Paralympics: the Mena athletes in action on Day 2

Opening day of powerlifting at the Games on Thursday

The Tokyo Paralympics is under way and there is a lot more action in store on the second day of the Games.

Below are all the Mena athletes who will be fighting it out on Thursday.

Equestrian

Equestrian Park

Saudi Arabia’s Ahmed Sharbatly will be looking for a top eight finish in the Dressage Individual Test - Grade 5, and qualify for the Individual Freestyle Test. Sharbatly will no doubt be wanting to put the disappointment of Rio 2016 behind him, when he was forced to withdraw from the competition due to an injury to his horse.

Goalball

Makuhari Messe Hall

In the second day of the Goalball, Algeria’s men will be wanting to bounce back from their disappointing defeat against Japan, when they take on Lithuania.

Meanwhile, Israel’s women will want to carry forward the momentum from their opening win against Australia when they take on the team from Canada.

Egypt’s women will have their first match against Turkey.

Powerlifting

Tokyo International Forum

Mena para-athletes in every competition on the opening day of the powerlifting.

Double silver medallist, Omar Sami Qarada from Jordan will undoubtedly be seeking the top prize in the men’s -49kg final where he will be lifting against Hadj Ahmed Beyour of Algeria in a strong field.

Taha Abdelmajid of Egypt is back at the games after missing Rio. The London 2012 bronze medalist will be looking to make up for lost time when he lifts in the men’s -54kg final. Ali Al Darraji from Iraq will be among the contenders.

Noura Baddour from Syria, came in fourth in Rio, and so will absolutely be aiming for a place on the podium in her third Paralympic outing in the women’s -41kg final.

Algeria’s Samira Guerioua wasn’t far off a podium spot in Rio either, and she will be hoping to take home a medal in the final of the women’s -45kg class.

Swimming

Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Israel’s Ariel Malyar and Ami Dadaon will both be swimming in the same heat of the men’s 100m freestyle S4 class.

Table tennis

Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium

Jordan’s veteran ping-pong player Khetam Abu Awad will be taking on Israel’s Caroline Tabib in women’s singles class 5.

Egyptian Hanaa Hammad opens up her campaign against Maryna Lytovchecnko of Ukraine in the singles class 6.

Faten Elelimat of Jordan will be taking on Joyce de Oliviera of Brazil in the women’s single class 4.

Meanwhile in the men’s tournaments, Egypt's Ayman Zenaty's opener will be against Ali Ozturk of Turkey in single class 5, while compatriot Sayed Youssef will play Brazilian Israel Pereira Stroh in the single class 7.

Wheelchair Basketball

Various venues

Algeria and Iran are in the same preliminary group in the men’s wheelchair basketball. Algeria will be up against Great Britain, while the Iranians take on Australia.

Wheelchair Fencing

Makuhari Messe

Two great Iraqis to watch out for in the wheelchair fencing.

Rio silver medallist Ammar Ali will be aiming to go one better in the men’s epee individual - Category B, while compatriot, three-time world championship bronze medalist and fourth place finisher in Rio 2016, Zainulabdeen Al Madkhoori, has his eyes on the podium in the men’s epee individual - Category A.

Updated: August 26th 2021, 4:38 AM
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