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From The Archives: Egypt in the Paralympics- Part I
Egypt’s longtime participation in the Paralympics features outstanding athletes who overcame their abnormalities and fought to achieve glory, with many of these champions managing to achieve more than one medal throughout their careers. Egypt’s first two participations in the Paralympics were unofficial as the Egyptian Paralympics Federation was not founded yet. Nevertheless, the Egyptians managed to win several medals to write a new chapter in the nation’s history.
Although the Paralympic games were launched in 1960, Egypt’s first participation came in the 1972 Heidelberg Paralympics with only one athlete, who competed in the Men’s Javelin 4 and finished in the 36th place.
After a first disappointing Paralympics, the Egyptians were keen to write history and achieve Egypt’s first ever Paralympics medal in the 1976 Toronto Paralympics. The pharaohs finished with eight medals, including five Gold medals, two Silver medals, and one Bronze standing in the 20th place.
All of Egypt’s five Gold medals came in Athletics, in which Said Dowara won the Men’s 1500m and the spectacular Khadr Metwali, who won four Gold medals in Men’s Shot Put, Men’s Javelin, Men’s Precision Javelin and Men’s Discus Throw.
Egypt’s other medals came through A. Samir, who got a silver medal in Men’s Precision Club Throw, Mostafa Ebedo who got a bronze in Men’s Precision Javelin and Adel Hafiz, who snatched a silver medal in the 100m Men’s Freestyle.
1980-First Female Medalist
In the 1980 Arnhem Paralympics, the Egyptians proved that they were looking forward to add more medals to their collection. 14 new medals were reaped in Arnhem that included four Gold, seven Silver, and three Bronze medals.
The Egyptians’ astounding performance in Athletics continued in the 1980 Paralympics as they were able to win ten different medals through Ghareeb Khater, who won Gold in Men’s 1500m and Bronze in Men’s Slalom, Khadr Metwali who added another silver medal in Men’s Javelin to his record, Hanan Fathi who won two Gold medals in Women’s 60m and Women’s Shot Pot and two Silver medals in Women’s Javelin and Women’s Discus Throw, and finally Nagat Ali who snatched Gold in Women’s Javelin, a Silver medal in Women’s Discus Throw and a Bronze in Women’s Shot Put.
In Swimming, Nabil Naser grabbed Egypt’s fourth Silver medal after finishing second in Men’s 100m Freestyle, while in Lawn Bowls, Mohamed El Zeiny ranked second to add another Silver medal to the Pharaohs, who finshed in the 22nd place in the medal table.
After the Pharaohs excellent performances in the last two Paralympics, the Egyptians had very high hopes to win more medals in the Stoke Mandeville/New York Paralympics; however, the Egyptians only managed to win seven medals that included one Gold, one Silver and five Bronze medals.
This Paralympics featured the first group sport medal for the Egyptians, who managed to win a silver medal in Goalball after losing to USA in the final.
Egypt’s excellence in Athletics continued as five new medals were added to the record. The astounding Nagat Ali grabbed Egypt’s only Gold medal after winning the Women’s Javelin, but this was not enough for Nagat, who also managed to add two Bronze medals to her collection after getting the third place in both Women’s Shot Put and Women’s Discus Throw. The other two medals were Bronze and came through S. Adel in Men’s Shot Put and Naglaa Abdullah in Women’s Discus Throw.
On the other hand, Nabil Naser snatched Egypt’s fifth Bronze medal and his second Paralympic medal after finishing third in the Men’s 100m Backstroke.
In the Land of Morning Calm, Seoul, many individuals expected the Egyptians to storm out after a disappointing 1984 Paralympics. Yet, the Pharaohs managed to only achieve eight medals that included, one Gold, three Silver and four Bronze.
The 1988 Seoul Paralympics witnessed a weightlifting outbreak for the Egyptians, winning two Silver medals through Ahmed Gomaa, in Men’s U51 kgs, and Abdel Hay Mohamed, in Men’s U65 kgs.
The Egyptian Athletic team witnessed the rise of a new star, Mohamed Abdullah, who won Egypt’s only Gold medal in Men’s Discus Throw and a Silver medal in Men’s Shot Put. Moreover, Ahmed Sameh finished third in the Men’s 1500m to add a new Bronze medal for the Egyptian team.
Egypt’s swimming team ended the competition with a new Bronze medal that was earned by Ashraf Marei, who finished in the third place in the Men’s 25m Butterfly. On the other hand, the Egyptian Goalball team continued its good performance achieving third place, after beating Hungary and adding a new Bronze medal for the Pharaohs.