Paralympic Champion Tigist Receives 40g Gold, 2.8mln Birr Cash Prize

ADDIS ABABA – Paralympic gold medalist Tigist Gezahagn has received a 40-grams gold award and 2.8 million birr cash prize for her historic achievement in the Tokyo Paralympic games.

Athlete Tigist won the Women’s 1,500m – T-13 Final – in her first Paralympic attempt and became Ethiopia’s first Paralympic gold medalist in the process.

The athlete received the prizes from Hirut Kassaw, Culture and Tourism minister in an ceremony organised by Sport Commission on Thursday.

The commission also gave incentives to the remaining members of the Paralympic team.

Accordingly, athlete Gemechu Amenu, who won a diploma after finishing fifth in the 1, 500 meters T-46 event, received 200, 000 birr prize while Tamiru Kefyalew, who finished 7th in the 1, 500meters T-13 race, pocketed 150,000 birr.

The team’s coach and doctor also received 400, 000 birr and 100, 000 birr incentives, respectively.

The two-week long Tokyo Paralympic Games ended on September 5, during which China topped the medal table with 96 golds and 207 medals in total. Great Britain was second with 41 golds and USA third with 37.

Represented by three athletes, Ethiopia finished the games ranking 59 in the world with one gold medal and two diplomas.


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