The 31-year-old Tunisian athlete dominated the event and also set a new world record of 10.55s.
This is Tlili’s fifth Paralympic Gold after claiming Gold titles at Beijing 2008 (discus throw), London 2012 (shot-put) and Rio 2016 – where she won both in shot put and discus throw. Tlili also has two Silver Medals under her belt.
Meanwhile, other world records tumbled in the F41 shot-put finals. Mayerli Ariza Buitrago of Colombia took Silver in her Paralympic debut after scoring 9.94 which is a new area record whilst Antonella Ruiz Diaz of Argentina picked up Bronze with a new Paralympic record at 9.50
Explaining her happiness over winning in yesterday’s competition, Tlili said: “I am very happy because this is my fourth Paralympic Games and my fourth Gold Medal, plus a world record (10.55).
“I like this event because it was my first ever victory at a Games after Beijing 2008.” The athlete also shared the secret to her success.
“There is lots of work behind it. When I find some obstacles in my life it is not a problem for me because I am very strong to overcome them.”
“I have overcome my disability, so why can I not overcome the obstacles of my life? In Tunisia, life’s rhythm is not like in Europe. So I am even happier to be able to overcome my problems.”
“With this medal I forget all my problems, all my fatigue, all obstacles.”
Winning today’s medal, Tlili dedicates her victory to her late father.
“I want to dedicate it to my father, who died. My dad was the first man who told me, ‘Raoua you are very strong, Raoua you are a great champion’.
Tlili still has another opportunity to win a second gold at Tokyo 2020 as she is set to compete in discus throw F41 on September 1.
“In four days I have the discus throw. There will be tough competition from the [Youssra Karima – Morocco].
“I want to keep my position (first) and (to set) a world record, why not?” (Agencies)