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Rio 2016: Abdel-Khalek El-Banna advances to rowing quarter-finals


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Egypt’s Abdel-Khalek El-Banna finished 3rd in men’s single sculls rowing qualifications in the first day of Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Abdel-Khalek scored 7 minutes and 34 seconds in the first round of rowing qualifiers to finish in third place.

El-Banna came behind Croatian Martin Damir – second place clocking 7 minutes and 23 seconds – and Norwegian Nils Jakob Hoff – first place clocking 7 minutes and 17 seconds to win Heat 6 in men’s single sculls.

Egypt’s Nadia Negm also managed to qualify to the women’s single scull quarter-finals as well, with both her and El-Banna set to feature again next Tuesday, the 9th of August.

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