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Egyptian wrestler Enas Mostafa apologises for missing out on bronze medal

Enas Mostafa

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Egyptian wrestler Enas Mostafa missed out on the bronze medal in the women’s 69kg freestyle category at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games.

Mostafa, the first ever Egyptian woman to reach the wrestling semi-final, lost to Kazakhstan’s Elmira Syzdykova 4-7 to end Egypt’s hopes of a third medal in the Rio Olympics, with the country’s two medals being won in the weightlifting events.

Enas took to Facebook to apologise to Egyptians for her loss saying, “I’m really sorry. I wanted to win an Olympic medal and make you all happy but you have no idea how hard it is.”

The Egyptian champion spoke about the challenges faced by her teammates and herself, referring to lack of support and saying that their pre-Olympics training camp outside Egypt lasted for only 15 days.

She added that the Egyptian athletes faced other problems but she refrained from discussing them, saying that people would get angry with her if she did.

“All of what we achieved is due to our personal efforts only. I apologise again, I wanted to make you happy,” she added.

Mostafa defeated María Acosta of Venezuela 8-0 in the round of 16 before beating Brazilian Gilda Maria De Oliveira 5-1 in the quarter-finals. She then lost to Russia’s Nataliya Vorobyova in the semi-final, yet qualified for the repechage round, where she lost to Syzdykova to end her Olympic bronze medal bid.

Youssef Wael is a massive Al Ahly and Manchester United supporter from Cairo, Egypt. One of the few Egyptians who never really wanted to have a career in football, just played it as a hobby. Wael also played squash for 7 years.

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