IPC News: Nigeria put in a dominant performance in Para-Athletics at the recently concluded All Africa Games in Maputo, Mozambique topping the medals table with six gold, seven silver and eight bronze medals. The Nigerians were a force to be reckoned with in the men’s 100m and 200m T46 sprints claiming five of the six medals available (Para Athletics Africa Games).In the 100m, Suwaibidu Galadima (10.81) and Frank Johnwill (11.03) took gold and silver, whilst in the 200m Nigeria performed a clean sweep of the medals through Galadima (22.36), Yunusa Bashiru (22.43) and Saidi Adeji (22.44). Rwanda took gold in the 400m T46 through Herman Cliff Muvunyi (50.28) who finished ahead of Nigeria’s Yunusa Bashiru (50.73) and the Ivory Coast’s Addoh Frederick Kimou (50.90).
In the 800m T46, Muvunyi (1:56.00) had to settle for silver with Kenya’s Abraham Tarbei (1:55.33) winning gold. In the 1,500m, Tarbei (3:56.53) took silver, just behind his teammate Jonah Chesum (3:55.46).
In the 5,000m T46, world champion Tarbei took gold winning in a time of 14:00.53. His teammate Chesum (14:02.03) took silver and Uganda’s David Emong (14:25.49) the bronze.
The T11 men’s races saw a Nambian-Angolan rivalry play out. Namibia’s Shikongo Ananias took gold in the 200m T11 in 23.63 with Angola’s Octavio dos Santos (23.69) second. In the 400m T11, the tables turned with dos Santos (51.60) taking gold and his teammate Armando Jose (52.38) winning silver. World bronze medallist Ananias (53.07), again had settle for third place.
In the 200m T12, Nigeria’s Ademeora Adesoji (22.62) took gold ahead of Kenya’s Henry Nzungi Mwendo (23.03) and Namibia’s Aloisius Martin (23.31) who took home silver and bronze respectively.
In the 400m T12, Mwendo had the upper hand, winning gold in 49.82. Adesoji (50.66) trailed behind in third place while Tunisia’s Khaldi Mahmoud (50.01) took silver.
The T37 sprint races were largely dominated by Algeria’s Sofiane Hamdi. He beat Egypt’s world record holder Mostafa Fathallah to win gold in the 100m (11.84) and also took top spot in the 400m with a time of 54.89. Despite being the 200m world champion Hamdi could only manage All African Games silver (23.73)
In the 1500m T53/54 race, Tunisia’s Ahmed Aouadi passed the finishing line first in 3:26.08. Cameroon’s Patrick Yaw Obeng (3:27.97) was close behind in second place with Ghana’s Felix Acheanpong (3:34.12) taking bronze.
Egypt dominated the men’s field events with Ibrahim Abdelwarth taking gold in the Shot Put F37/38 with a 15.01m throw. In the Discus F57/58 Abo Metawea Elkhair (52.46m) took gold and his teammate Mahmoud El Attar (46.20m) took silver. In the Javelin F57/58 Raed Salem took gold with a throw of 45.52m.
It was not a clean sweep for Egypt however, with South Africa’s Michael Louwrens taking gold in the Shot Put F57/58.
The women’s races also saw strong performances from Nigeria, Ghana and Tunisia.
Nigeria picked up gold and bronze in the 100m T11/12 through Deborah Adewale (12.35) and Mary Awaza (12.96). Angola’s Asperanca Gincaso (12.94) took silver. Adewale stole the show again in the 200m T11/12, taking gold in 25.49 – a time which could see her on the podium at London 2012. Teammate Awaza (26.82) picked up silver this time with Mozambique’s Maria Muchavo (27.44) exciting home crowds with a bronze.
It was Adewale again who dominated the 400m T11/12, finishing in 57.09, another exceptional time, which could see her medalling in London. This time teammate Awaza (61.22) had to settle for bronze again after Tunisia’s Najah Chouaya (60.97) took silver.
In the 100m T13, Uganda’s Christine Akullo (13.24) took gold ahead of Zimbabwe’s Tagarira Nyaradzal (13.40) and Algeria’s Lynda Hamry (13.42) who came a very close second and third.
In the 400m T54, Ghana’s Ajara Mohamed dominated in a time of 61.36. Nigeria’s Patricia Nnaji (63.16) came second and Tunisia’s Samira Berri (63.47) took bronze. Mohamed was also triumphant in the 1500m T53/54 taking gold in 4:07.19. Tunisia’s Samira Berri (4:17.51) took silver and Ghana’s Anjita Fordjour (4:27.06) bronze. In the Shot Put F40, Tunisia’s world number one Raoua Tlili had a gold medal winning throw of 9.15m. Her teammate Yossra Benjemaa won the Discus F32/33/34 with a 22.69m throw.