Tunisia’s Paralympic athletes are on the starting blocks in Rio de Janeiro today, defending the gold, silver and bronze medals they won in 2012 Olympics.The Tunisian flag was raised in the Paralympic Village of Rio de Janeiro during the opening ceremony yesterday night. The 15th edition of the Paralympic games opens later today and will run for eleven days until 18th of September.
At the London 2012 Paralympic Games Tunisia won a total of 19 medals (nine gold, five silver and give bronze) most of the gold medals were won by men, though many women won silver medals.
Today sees six of Tunisia’s athletes competing, including returning paralympian Soumaya Boussaid competing in the 1500m for the partially sighted. Veteran shot putter and gold medalist Rawaa Tlili also returns to defend her title for a third time, alongside double gold medal winning cyclist Walid Ktila, who won the men’s 100m and 200m cycle races for the partially sighted in London.
Tunisia is ranked fourteenth in the Arab and African levels, and ranked fifth in the power lifting events making it the second most prominent participation after its participation Beijing in 2008. In total Tunisia has won, a total of 73 medals (32 gold, 27 silver and 14 bronze).
This is the country’s eighteenth appearance at the Paralympics since the 1988 Seoul games.
Today’s line up (Tunis Time)
14:05: Faidi Abdenaceur Shot Put (finale)
15:30: Soumaya Boussaid (t13) Najeh Chwaya (T12) 1500m
21:30: Syrine Bessaid, 100m 21:47: Mohamed Amara – Shot Put
23:51: Nada El Bahi, 100m
00:05: Sonia Mansour (T38), 100m
Zaineb is a journalist in the Tunisia Live newsroom. She speaks Arabic, French and English.