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Egyptians to watch in the Olympics – Part I
The Olympics can be a truly marvellous cosmopolitan event where countries all over the world compete in countless sporting events.
There is no shortage of competitors from Egypt who are sending an impressive 122 athletes in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janiero, Brazil. Following all of them might not be easy, so KingFut has pinpointed some of the athletes to keep an eye on this August.
The ex-Ahly swimmer is now training at the University of South Carolina in the USA and has won many medals this year alongside the ultimate reward of representing Egypt in the Olympics. Akram kicked off the season with a bang, finishing 4th in the 1500 meter finas in the 2015 world Championship in Kazan, Russia. Akram then qualified to the Olympics after after securing the second place in the 400-meter race in the Hungary International Championship.
The Egyptian swimmer continued an impressing season after winning a silver medal in the men’s 500-yard freestyle final and gold in the men’s 1650 freestyle final of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships, held at Columbia, Missouri.
The ‘Golden Fish’ is a must-follow in the Olympics, as we’ve all seen how good she is throughout the season and in London 2012. Osman had finished fifth in the 50-meter free race in at the Santa Clara Competition in California, thus qualifying her for the Olympics. She will represent Egypt in the 100m butterfly, 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle races in the Olympics.
Osman won the 2015 African Female Swimmer of the Year, as well as winning a series of medals in the All-Africa game in Brazzaville, Congo and being crowned as ‘Most Outstanding Swimmer’ in the annual University of California (UC Berkeley) awards.
Osman continued impressing as she made history in the Women’s PAC-12 by winning a gold medal in the 50-yard freestyle; she finished the 50-yard race in 21.32 seconds to break the previous record of California in the event, and the second fastest time in the history of the race.
Egypt’s athletics champion Ihab Abdelrahman’s season has been nothing short of superb, winning Egypt’s first ever medal in the Athletics World Championship, as well as earning silver in the Javelin throw at the 2015 IAAF World Championships in Beijing.
Abdelrahman qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games with 83.14 meters in Doha IAAF Diamond League in May 2015. The 27-year-old also won the javelin throw in the Stockholm 2016 Diamond League and won a gold medal in the Diamond League, a competition held in the USA.
Update (July 26): It has been confirmed following testing of Egyptian athletes’ samples ahead of the Olympics Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that Ihab Abdelrahman’s Sample A – provided in April – came back positive for banned substances.
After failing to qualify to the Olympics in Diving in 28 years old since the 1988 Seoul Olympics. Ashraf had a bumpy season, finishing 41st in women’s 3m springboard and 32nd in women’s 1m springboard in the World Championship, but managed to come back after coming 5th in women’s synchronized diving and 4th in mixed synchronized diving.
The weightlifter is definitely one to watch in the Olympics as he was awarded a bronze in the weightlifting World Championship in USA. Ihab was later awarded the silver medal, after Elkhan Aligulizada tested positive for banned substances. Ihab set Egyptian, African and Arab records for snatch, clean & jerk, and total competitions in the same tournament.