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Farida Osman wins Egypt’s first ever swimming World Championships medal

Farida Osman became the first Egyptian to win a medal at the FINA swimming world championships.

The 22-year-old who trains in the United States won a bronze medal in the 50m butterfly in a time of 25.39, just 0.01 seconds off a silver medal.

Her time also broke the African record which she has held since 2013 and broke twice yesterday in the heats and the semi-final.

The sprinter also broke the African record in the 50m freestyle semi-final with a time of 24.62 but just missed out on a spot in the final finishing 9th.

Speaking to FINA, Osman mentioned that she was surprised at her success: “I am very happy, I didn’t expect such a great result. I thought I would swim as fast as I could and see where it would take me. This is what I did, I swam giving it all and I succeeded. I didn’t pay attention to others, I had no clue which position I was at, I focused solely on my performance. Although I aimed at finishing on the podium, I must admit I am surprised that I managed to do so.”

Ahmad Yousef is a proud Egyptian football fanatic who started playing football at a young age and was scouted for Ipswich Town. A hardcore Tottenham Hotspur fan and Zamalek supporter by blood, Ahmad mainly follows European football involving Egyptian players and the Egyptian national team. Ahmad’s love for Egyptian players abroad is what initially spurred him into writing. He now writes regularly and is also an editor at KingFut.com.

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