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Sara Ahmed: Competition was ‘fierce’, I’m delighted with the medal

Posted on August 12, 2016
Sara Ahmed

Sara Ahmed (right) poses with the bronze medal. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Bronze medalist Sara Ahmed described the competition at the 69kg women’s finals as ‘fierce’, and expressed her delight at finishing third in the final standings.

Egypt won its first medal on Wednesday evening, as weightlifter Sara Ahmed clinched bronze in the 69kg category.

“The competition was far from easy; it was fierce. I managed to complete all six lifts and won a very demanding medal,” Sara Ahmed told UAE news outlet AD Sports on Thursday evening.

When quizzed about how long she had been preparing for the medal, she replied, “I have been working towards this goal for three years- I suffered a lot to achieve this.

“My mother and siblings were the first to call me and offer their congratulations after the event. I dedicate this to every Egyptian out there.

“I’m thrilled to have won this [medal]; the feeling is unbelievable, and my happiness was indescribable at the time.

The Egyptian described the stress she was under during the event: “If I had failed with any of my six attempts, I would have finished fourth. The nerves and effort were also an obstacle; I had only managed 140kg [clean-and-jerk] in training, so the 143kg I lifted today was a first for me.”


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