Tunisia at the Paralympics

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Tunisia at the Paralympic Games

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IPC code  TUN
NPC Tunisian Paralympic Committee
Paralympic history
Summer Games

Tunisia made its Paralympic Games debut at the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul. It was represented by a single athlete, Monaam Elabed, who won two bronze medals in athletics. The country has competed in every subsequent edition of the Summer Paralympics, although it has never taken part in the Winter Paralympics. Tunisian competitors have only ever taken part in athletics events, with the sole exception of Dalila Tabai who competed in powerlifting in 2000.[1]

Tunisians have won a total of 23 gold medals, 22 silver and 9 bronze. The country's first gold medals came in 2000, when Wissam Ben Bahri took gold in the high jump, Ali Ghribi in the pentathlon, Fares Hamdi in the long jump, and Maher Bouallegue won three gold medals in running - in the 800 m, 1,500 m and 5,000 m races, in the T13 category for partially sighted athletes. In 2004, Bouallegue won three gold again - in the 1,500 m 5,000 m and 10,000 m events. The same year, Enna Ben Abidi took gold in the discus; Mohamed Charmi in the 1,500 m race in the T37 category; and Afrah Gomdi in both javelin and shot put. Tunisia also won gold in the men's 4x400 m race, in the T35-38 category. Most recently, in 2008, Somaya Bousaid won the 800 m and 1,500 m races in the T13 category, while Farhat Chida took gold in both the 400 m race (T38) and in the long jump. Mourad Idoudi won the club throw and discus (F32/51); Faouzi Rzig the javelin (F33/34/52); Raoua Tlili the shot put (F40); and Abderrahim Zhiou the 800 m (T12).[1]

Tunisia participated at the 1999 Arab Paralympics, held in Amman, Jordan. Tunisia won twelve gold medals, eight silver medals, and two bronze medals at the event. They finished fifth out of sixteen nations that competed at the games.[2]

Tunisia will be taking part in the 2012 Summer Paralympics, and the Tunisian Paralympic Committee have chosen Bedford as the UK training base for its Paralympians.[3]

Medal tables[edit]

Medals by Summer Games[edit]

Games Athletes Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
1988 Seoul 1 0 0 2 2 47
1992 Barcelona 1 0 0 0 0
1996 Atlanta 3 0 0 0 0
2000 Sydney 10 6 4 1 11 27
2004 Athens 22 8 7 3 18 22
2008 Beijing 35 9 9 3 21 15
2012 London 31 9 5 5 19 14
Total 32 25 14 71 36

Medals by Summer sport[edit]

Sport Gold Silver Bronze Total Rank
Athletics 26 21 13 60 31
Total 26 21 13 60

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Tunisia at the Paralympics, International Paralympic Committee
  2. ^ "National Anthem: Tunisia". Paralympic Village Newsletter (Sydney Paralympic Organising Committee) (2): 4. 12 October 2000. 
  3. ^ http://www.bedford.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_news/archived_news/february_2012/on_your_marks.aspx