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Ihab Abdelrahman wins Egypt’s first ever World Athletics Championships medal
Ihab Abdelrahman has won Egypt’s first ever medal in the Athletics World Championships, after earning silver in the Javelin throw at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
The 26-year-old came in the second place after throwing the javelin to 88.99 meters on his second attempt, 3.73 meters behind first-placed Yego Julius of Kenya. Finnish Tero Pitkämäki settled for third place with an 87.64 meter throw.
Abdelrahman’s silver medal throw was lower than his personal best record of 89.21 meters that he threw in the IAAF Diamond League in Shanghai in May 2014.
“I’m so excited, this was a very tough day,” Abdelrahman said in a televised interview with the Beijing World Championships.
“I’m crazy happy, super crazy happy today. I’m also very happy because I got the first ever world medal for my country,” he added.
Al Ahly star, who qualified for the finals after finishing eighth in the semi-finals with an 82.85 meter throw, has previously qualified to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with 83.14 meters in Doha IAAF Diamond League in May.
“I love my country and I hope to also do well next year,” Abdelrahman concluded.
Abdelrahman was Egypt’s last hope for a medal at the IAAF World Championship, after Mostafa El-Gamal finished seventh in the Hammer Throwing competition, while Mostafa Amr failed to qualify to the shot put final stage.