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2007-11-14

Maghreb athletes harvest more medals at Pan-Arab Games in Egypt

Tunisia came in second in the medal tally of the 11th Pan-Arab Games Tuesday (November 13th) with 10 gold, six silver and seven bronzes. Egypt leads with 27 medals, while Algeria ranks third with five golds, eight silvers and six bronzes.

In the swimming events, Algerian Sofiane Zaid took the 200m breaststroke gold. Algeria also tallied two silver medals from Nalia Maghzi in the 800m crawl and Lydia Yefsah in the 200m breaststroke. Tunisian swimmer Maroua Mathlouthi won the gold medal in the women's 400m IM medley, ahead of fellow countrywoman Sarra Lajnef and Egyptian Sihem El Karam. Taki Mrabet of Tunisia beat Algerian Naoufel Charfeddine and Saudi Issa Youssef to win a gold medal in the men's 200m backstroke. Tunisian Maroua Methlouthi beat Algerian Maria Mouda Bafouche and Egyptian Sarra Majdi, setting a new Arab record of 9:05.09, to take the 800m freestyle swimming gold medal.

Tunisian judokas Sami Souissi (-100 kg) and Anis Chedly (+100 kg) also won gold medals in their categories. Souissi beat Algerian Amor Ben Yasser in the final, while Chedly’s victory left Algeria’s Mohamed Bouaichaoui with the silver.

In the fencing events, Tunisian Ines Boubakri won the women's foil gold medal after beating fellow countrywoman Sarra Besbes in the final.

Moroccans Rabie Chaki and Reda El Amrani qualified for the tennis quarter-finals after ousting Omani Khalid Nebhane and Syrian Redouane in straight sets. In the women's doubles, Algerian Assia Halou and Samia Mjahdi Roumane defeated Moroccans Nadia Alami and Fatima-Zahra El Allami.

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