Tokyo Paralympics: Mena athletes in action on day 10

Mohamed Al Hammadi will lead UAE's medal hunt at the Games on Friday

epa07999796 Mohamed Al Haammadi of UAE leads to win in the men's 800m T34 final at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 15 November 2019.  EPA/MAHMOUD KHALED

It's the closing stages of the Tokyo Paralympics but there is still enough interest for the Mena contingent.

Below is the list of athletes from the region who will be competing for podium finishes on Friday in Japan.

Archery

Yumenoshima Field

Reining paralympic champion Rahimi Gholamreza of Iran will be defending his title in the men’s individual recurve.

Athletics

Olympic Stadium

The UAE’s Mohamed Al Hammadi will begin the defence of his 2016 Paralympic title when he races in the first heat of the men’s T34 800m. While Emirati Ahmed Nawad races alongside Tokyo 100m champion, Walid Ktila of Tunisia in the second heat.

Iran’s Hamed Amiri is reigning world champion in the men’s F54 javelin throw. With the longest throw in the field this year, he is a hot favourite for his first paralympic gold.

If this season’s form is anything to go by, Ayoub Sadni of Morocco is highly likely to medal in the men’s T45 400m.

Mohamed Ramadan of Egypt is making his fourth appearance at the Paralympic finals of the men’s F37 shot put.

The evening session starts with seven finals. In the women’s club throw F51 class, Dhouda Chelhi of Tunisia and Algeria’s Nadjet Boucherf both be looking to improve on the personal bests they achieved this year.

In the men’s F57 shot put final, Syria and Yemen’s sole male representatives Mohamad Mohamad and Naseb Alraoad will be looking to make their mark. Look out too for Mahmoud Rajab from Libya.

Achoura Boukoufa of Algeria will be building on her seasons best this year in the women’s javelin throw F46 category.

After an impressive finish in the men’s T37 100m final, Saudi Arabia’s Ali Al Nakhli will be pushing for a place in the final of the 200m.

Oman’s Taha Al Harrasi follows shortly after and will be racing for the final of the men’s 100m T36.

In the final of the men’s T51 race, Algeria’s Mohamed Berrahal will be hoping to build on the silver medal he won in Rio 2016.

Sonia Mansour of Tunisia is expected to make it to the finals of the women’s T38 400m, once again.

Badminton

Yoyogi National Stadium

Egyptian Eldakrory will be facing Jen Yu Fang in his second match of the men’s singles group stages.

Canoe Sprint

Sea Forest Waterway

Anas Al Khalifa of the Refugee Paralympic Team will be racing for a place in the final of the men’s kayak single 200m KL1 class.

Cycling Road

Fuji International Speedway

Iran’s Mahdi Mohammadi came 11th in the men’s C5 time trial. Today he will aim to push for a top 10 finish in the road race.

Shooting

Asaka Shooting Range

The men’s 50m rifle 3 positions was one of the events where UAE’s Abdulla Sultan Al Aryani picked up silver in Rio. The qualifying world record holder will be looking for a good result, alongside Abdulla Saif Al Aryani who came fifth in Rio.

Look out too for Israel’s Doron Shaziri competing in his 6th Paralympics.

Swimming

Tokyo Aquatics Centre

Israelis Mark Malyar and Ami Dadaon have had an impressive haul of four golds, a silver and a bronze medal between them as well as shattering three world records and four paralympic records, in their respective classes.

Malyar swims in the heats of the 50m butterfly, and Dadaon in the 50m backstroke with Ariel Malyar.

Look out too for Youssef Elsayed of Egypt in the men’s 200m freestyle s3 class.

Taekwondo

Makuhari Messe

Iran’s Mahdi Pourrahnamaahmadgourabi of Iran will start the men’s K44 -75kg tournament in the quarter-final rounds.

Updated: September 3rd 2021, 2:00 AM
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