AFRICA AT THE PARALYMPICS: Maher Bouallegue
Tunisia first participation at the Paralympic Games was at the 1988 Summer Paralympics in Seoul. It was represented by a single athlete, Monaam Elabed, who won two bronze medals in athletics.
Tunisians have won a total of 23 gold medals, 22 silver and 9 bronze.
At the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia, Tunisia won its first ever gold medal(s) at the Paralympics when Wissam Ben Bahri took gold in the high jump, Ali Ghribi in the pentathlon, Fares Hamdi in the long jump, and Maher Bouallegue (pictured) 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.