2021 Paralympic Games: African performances on Tuesday, August 31

South African para-cyclist Nicolas Pieter Preez wins Paralympic gold in time trial

South Africa again won gold at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Para-cyclist Nicolas Pieter Preez is indeed crowned in the H1 time trial. He outclassed his opponents by setting a time of 43mn41. The reigning world champion thus won his first Paralympic crown at the age of 41.

Three new medals for Tunisia

His compatriot Shery James takes the bronze medal in the 400m T37. The 35-year-old para-athlete even set a new personal distance record in 1mn03s82. The Rainbow Nation now has five medals, three of which are gold. The South Africans occupy the 27th place in the general classification. They thus eject Tunisia (31st) from second place in the African ranking.

The Tunisians, them, gleaned three silver medals on Tuesday in the Japanese capital. Rouay Jebbali is, in fact, Paralympic vice-champion of the 1500 T13. The 24-year-old sprinter achieves a time of 3mn54s55. His compatriot Yasseur Guenichi took second place in the F36 shot put with a mark of 15.12m. And Mohamed Farhat Chida is him Olympic vice-champion of the 400m T38. Tunisia records a total of seven metals, two of which are gold. It is third in the African ranking.

Moroccan blind football in history

Its neighbor in the Maghreb, Morocco, has unlocked its counter for the Games. Saida Amoudi offers the Cherifian kingdom a bronze medal in the F34 shot put. The 41-year-old pitcher threw 8.21m. A great performance by Amoudi who had failed at the foot of the podium at the Rio 2016 Games.

Morocco can hope to win another medal in the Japanese capital. The blind football team has reached the semi-finals for the first time in its history. She held Spain in check (1-1) and finished second in Pool B behind Argentina. It is the first African formation to reach this stage of the competition.

But the reigning African champions fell on a big chunk for the semi-finals. The Atlas Lions will indeed challenge Brazil, quadruple Paralympic champion. Since the introduction of this discipline in 2004, no nation has managed to steal his crown. The match is scheduled for Thursday, September 2.

Amy WANE

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