Despite a prolific day, Algeria descended from the podium of the Mediterranean Games for the first time since the start of the tournament. In this 8e day of competition, the Algerian athletes won a total of 10 distinctions, including 4 gold.
Historic gold medal for fencer Saoussen Boudiaf
One of the most remarkable performances of this 8e day is that carried out by Saoussen Dlindah Boudiaf in the women’s saber event. The Algerian fencer, despite a difficult start, managed to reach the final by winning six consecutive matches. During the final, disputed yesterday at the conference center of the Meridien hotel, Saoussen Boudiaf dominated his opponent, the Italian Chiara Mormile (15-7), to win the gold medal. A strong moment of emotion in front of an overexcited public celebrating its champion!
Jaouad Syoud offers Algerian swimming its first gold medal
We had to wait for the 8e JM day to see Algerian swimming win its first gold medal. Salvation came from Jaouad Syoud who managed to win the 200m medley final. S. Jaouad covered the distance in 1:58.83, tied with the Greek Vazaios Andreas. Moreover, the other Algerian swimmers involved in this 3e day (4 men and 3 women) were all eliminated in the playoffs.
Weightlifters at the rendezvous
During this 8e day, the Algerian weightlifters did not miss the appointment. Our athletes have indeed managed to offer Algeria its first medals in the discipline.
At the start of the afternoon, Maghnia Hammadi (71 kg), won two medals, one in silver and another in bronze. The 20-year-old athlete won the silver medal by lifting a 100 kg barbell in the snatch event. She lost the final by 1 kg in front of the Egyptian world champion, Neama Saïd. In the clean and jerk, the multiple African champion takes the bronze medal thanks to a second attempt at 121 kg.
A little later in the day, Faris Touairi won the bronze medal in the snatch event (-89 kg) by lifting a bar at 161 kg.
Athletics continues to honor Algeria
Algerian athletics continues to shine in the JM 2022. Yesterday, our athletes managed to win a whopping 5 medals, including two gold.
In the men’s 800m, Djamel Sejati and Yassine Hethat achieved the gold-silver double. Djamel Sedjati finished first with a time of 1:44.52, followed by Yassine Hethat with a time of 1:44.79. Our two athletes celebrated their victory by proudly waving the national emblem and the Palestinian flag. “I dedicate this medal to the public present and to all the Algerian people,” said Sedjati (23), world best performer of the year (1:43.69).
Subsequently, the hurdler Amine Bouanani won the silver medal in the 110m hurdles final. With a time of 13.38, Bouanani improved his personal best and set a new Algerian record.
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Triple jump gold medalistYasser Mohamed Triki won his second medal at JM 2022. He was indeed awarded bronze in the long jump event with a distance of 7.80. This is his best performance of the season.
At the end of the day, we witness a new resounding feat. The Algerian men’s 4 x 400 m relay team won gold ahead of Italy and Turkey. Our four athletes, Abdennour Bendjemaa, Mohamed Ali Gouaned, Slimane Moula, Abdelmalik Lahoulou, finished the race with a time of 3:3.41.
The overall harvest of Algerian athletics during these JM of Oran 2022 amounts to 13 distinctions: 5 in gold, 2 in silver and 6 in bronze. He finished in 3rd place overall.
Algeria is overtaken by France and falls from the podium
Despite these fine performances, Algeria did not manage to keep its place on the podium of the medal table. Indeed, at the end of this 8e day of competition, France managed to climb to third place in the general classification to the detriment of Algeria, which now finds itself fourth. Tied in terms of gold medals (19 for each country), France has a total number of medals (71) higher than that of Algeria (48).
At the top of the standings, Turkey continues to go it alone with 41 gold medals, followed closely by Italy with 37 gold medals.