Azeddine Nouiri dedicated his Paralympic gold medal n the F34 category of shot put to the Moroccan people after victory on Tuesday night.
Azeddine Nouiri was all smiles outside the Olympic Park in London on Wednesday.
The previous evening Nouiri had won a Paralympics gold medal in shot put, setting a new world record in the F34 category with his throw of 13 metres and 10 centimetres.
Nouiri, who is also a javelin thrower, smashed the previous world record by one metre 53 centimetres and said he was so proud to have won gold for Morocco.
SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Azeddine Nouiri, shot put gold medallist:
"I am so happy and I thank God for giving Morocco its fourth medal, which means Morocco is in 26th place among the 165 countries - and this is not an easy thing. This result was not easy to achieve, I have been taking part in international events for five years and that's how I qualified to take part in the Olympics. And I've now won this medal which I dedicate to the Moroccan people."
The north African nation have sent their largest ever Paralympic team to London 20`12, with 30 athletes attending.
Hameed Al-Ouny hopes the success achieved at these Games will help improve the standing of disabled athletes in the country.
SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hameed Al-Ouny, Moroccan Paralympic team:
"If we want to achieve more results and more medals in the Paralympics in Rio 2016, we have - in the Arab countries - to treat the disabled athletes the same way as the able-bodied ones in the preparations and training camps."
Morocco have also won medals in F40 category of discus and the T13 400metres event so far.
Nouiri delighted with Paralympic goldThursday, September 06 2012