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Algeria 3rd overall with 9 medals

Algeria with a harvest of 9 medals (1 gold, 4 silver, 4 bronze) occupies 3rd place in the overall ranking of the African Nations Championship of the discipline, after two days of competition disputed on Friday and Saturday at Harcha-Hacène Hall (Algiers).

The only Algerian gold medal was won Friday by Lamia Adra in the category (-41 kg) with a raised bar of 63 kg, while the silver medals were the work of Hocine Bettir (-65 kg), Hadj Ahmed Beyour (-49 kg), Houria Akib (-73 kg) and Samira Guerioua (-45 kg).

The bronze charms were won by Houria Arabi (-51 kg), Sabrina Moussaoui (-41 kg), Naima Saidi (-67 kg) and Kheirddine Ababsa (-54 kg).

The director of the sports organization of the Algerian Disabled Sports Federation, Mansour Ait Said, said he was "very satisfied" with the results achieved by the Algerians in this qualifying competition at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo (Japan).

"We expected 2 medals including one in gold before the start of the African Championship. After two days of competition we have a harvest of 9 medals which far exceeds our predictions. Congratulations to the medal-winning athletes, "Ait Said told APS.

"Our first objective through the organization of these games is the popularization of this medal-winning discipline for Algeria at various international competitions, to attract the maximum number of athletes and thus train a new generation that will compete with the best athletes from the continent and the world, "he added.

After two days of competition, Nigeria outrageously dominates the African Championship with a total of 9 medals including 7 gold out of 11 possible, ahead of Egypt with 8 medals (3 gold, 3 silver, 2 bronze ).

The third and final day, scheduled for Sunday, will be devoted to three categories in the ladies (-79 kg, -86 kg, +86 kg) and six in the men (-72 kg, -80 kg, -88 kg , -97 kg, -107 kg, +107 kg).

The 2nd edition of the African Para-Powerlifting Championship (juniors and seniors), after that of Cairo in 2009, recorded the participation of 86 athletes (48 men and 38 ladies) including 24 Algerians, from 15 countries.

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