Friday Filled with Medals

A trio of medals for Algeria on day three of the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games.

Highlight of the day was the gold medal won by Judoka, Cherine Abdellaoui, followed by two bronze medals won by power lifter Hocine Bettir and Mounia Gasmi in the athletics.

Abdelaoui dominated all her openents as she progressed to the final, first up in the quarter finals was the Ukrainian Nataliya Nikolaychyk. The Algerian judoka waited for the last seconds to snatch a difficult qualification to the semi-finals.

Abdellaoui, bronze medallist at the previous games in Rio 2016, then defeated the Japanese Yui Fujiwara, once again in the last moments of the bout.

It was a close match up in the final as she took on the Canadian Priscilla Gagne, but the Algerian came out on top as she got maximum points finishing the fight with an Ippon.

A second medal was then won by the parapowerlifter Hocine Bettir, with a successful 192kg load in the -65kg category, earning him third place and the bronze medal.

The second bronze medal was achieved by the Club thrower F32, Mounia Gasmi, with a 23.29m throw in her fifth attempt.

Algeria is now ranked in 23rd place with three medals and will be looking to push higher and replicate the medal tally at Rio 2016.


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