Bahraini Athletes To Participate In London Paralympics

Aug 30, 2012, 13:36 ET from Kingdom of Bahrain

MANAMA, Bahrain, Aug. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Two Bahraini athletes will compete in the 2012 London Paralympics held Aug. 29 to Sept. 9.

Fatema Nedham, 45-years-old, will compete in the women's discus and javelin events after earning a wildcard slot last month. Born without legs and missing three fingers on each hand, Nedham began her athletic career in 2000 and previously competed in the 2008 Beijing Paralympics.

Ahmed Meshaimi, 28-years-old, a previous silver medal winner at the 2004 Athens Paralympics will compete again in the shot put. 

With 11 days of competition, the 2012 London Paralympics will host athletes from 166 countries contending for 503 gold medals. 

At the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games, Bahrain earned its first Olympic medal as Maryam Jamal placed third in the women's 1500 meter race.

SOURCE Kingdom of Bahrain