UAE Para athletes Abbad Ali and Ansaf Alnuaimi claimed a silver and a bronze on the final day as the curtains fell on the 12th Fazza International Championships - Dubai 2021 World Para Athletics Grand Prix here on Saturday.
Overall, the hosts finished with 14 medals including two silver by their Paralympic medallist middle-distance racer Mohammed Al Hammadi.
Among the top teams in the medals tally, Thailand returned home with 34 medals, while Turkey, Kenya and India finished with 23 medals.
In the men’s discus final F35/37, Ali hurled the discus to a distance of 37.49 m to finish second to Lithuania’s Donatas Dundzys (43.14 m). Yelaman Zholaman of Kazakhstan was third with 32.43 m.
Meanwhile, Alnuaimi threw the Shot Put to a distance of 6.03 m to take the bronze behind Morocco’s Saida Amoudi (8,33 m) and Bhagyashri Mahavr Jadhav (6.18 m).
Rio 2016 Paralympic medalist Noura Alktebi finish fourth in Women’s Club Throw F32 with a throw of 16.83m.
UAE Paralympic Committee secretary general Theban Salem Al Mheiri was happy with the team’s show. “It was an important competition as the team prepare for Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. Also, we want to provide a platform and exposure to new faces to strengthen our pool of players. We are happy with the way the team performed here, with many players getting their personal best in the Championships. This will boost their confidence going ahead,” Mr Almhari said.
Morocco’s Hind Frioua stole the final day show setting a new world record with a throw of 20,45 m in women’s Club Throw F31 event. Overall, four world records were broken during the four-day competition. Besides several new regional records were set.
India’s teenaged High Jumpers Praveen Kumar (2.05m) and Nishad Kumar (2.06m) produced personal best jumps to take a gold each and set new Asian records in men’s high jump F42/44/64 and T46/47 finals, respectively.
Thailand swept the medals in men's 400m final T53 with Pongsakorn Paeyo (47.61 sec), Pichet Krungget (49.34 sec) and Masaberee Arsae (51.49 sec) taking the top three positions.
Meanwhile, Turkey claimed the one-two-three positions in Women’s 400 m final T53/54 – thanks to the efforts of Hamide Dogangun (57,62 sec), Zubeyde Supurgeci (1:03.19min) and Zeynep Acet (1:07.09min).
In the long-distance race - men's 5000 m final T11/12/13, Kenya dominated with Rodgers Kiprop (15:37.82min), Benard Koskei (14:58.61min) and John Lokedi (15:03.52min) taking the podium.
In the 4x100m Universal relay final, Thailand finished on top clocking 50.39secs.