Sports Zone: What’s with The Egyptian Olympians & The Number 5?

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Written by Ahmed Badawi

Olympic Team of Egypt
Egyptian Olympic Team

Egyptians have been swamped with sporting events in the last week. The overwhelming events taking place are too much to follow! The CAF, Olympics and the Cup! This truly is the sporting season of Egypt!

The Good News

Sarah Ahmed brought home the bronze for Egypt in weightlifting, 69kg. She lifted a combined 255kilos, 112 in her third “snatch” attempt and a “clean and jerk” of 143kg. Sarah has set the standards high for other competitors. She became the first female Egyptian Olympic Medalist since Egypt’s participation 104 years ago! She’s also the first Arab female to win an Olympic medal in weightlifting!

Mohammed Ihab won the bronze medal for ranking third place in the 77kg competition, ending 18kg short of scoring the new world record set by the two athletes ahead of him. Our weightlifters have written their names in history by bringing home our eleventh weightlifting medal, which is our biggest number in a single sport, and our 28th in the Olympics.

The Two Weightlifting Bronze Medalists: Sara Ahmed and
The Two Weightlifting Bronze Medalists: Sara Ahmed and Mohamed Ihab

 

The Brazilian Handball Team were barely able to draw against the Egyptian Beasts last Friday who were so close to winning the match. Egypt will move on to play against Germany later today. GO EGYPT!!!

Egypt vs Brazil
Egypt vs Brazil

 

Other Olympic News

While Doaa El Ghobashy and Nada Moawad were eliminated in Beach Volley, they made history by becoming the first ever Egyptian Beach Volleyball team to reach the Olympics! And despite being ranked 13th before the tournament, they claimed the first African Beach Volleyball title for Egypt. The support they received from the Brazilian fans who kept chanting “Egypt” and their individual names were an important factor in our team’s achievements.

In other news, Islam Al Shehaby lost an anticipated Judo match against his Israeli counterpart, Ori Sasson. Both countries were putting high hopes on this match, however Ori Sasson won.

Left to right: Islam El Shehaby (EGY) - Ori Sasson (ISR)
Left to right: Islam El Shehaby (EGY) – Ori Sasson (ISR)

 

On the other hand, Olympic medalist Alaa Aboulkassem was ousted from the round of 16 of the foil fencing competition. The Fencing Team were also able to reach 7th place!

The Number 5

We need to address the number ‘5’ because a number of athletes – 5 to be exact – finished in fifth in the Olympic Games. And that’s not bad, considering they’ve been running up against world champions!

  • Farida Osman, 21, first ever Egyptian World Champion finished fifth in the 100m butterfly swimming race on Day 1 of the Olympics.
  • Two Egyptians also finished fifth in shooting: Afaf Elhodhod finished fifth in the 10m Air Pistol final and qualified as the 25th participant in the 25m Pistol Shooting. Ahmed Kamar finished fifth in Men’s Trap shooting as well.
  • Two fifth places in Weightlifting as well! Ahmed Saad finished in fifth for Men’s 62kg while Ragab Abdallah also got fifth place in Men’s 94kg. Abdallah broke his own personal record while also improving his Olympic ranking as he ranked sixth in his last games in London 2012.

Speaking of weightlifting, Shaimaa Haridy finished in fourth for +75kg, breaking the #5 jinx! She was just 9kg short of a bronze medal!

All of us here at Cairo Contra would like to congratulate all of Egypt’s accomplished athletes for their performances!

On the local Scale

Zamalek has finally won a trophy since its illustrious winning of the league back in 2015 by defeating its arch rival Al Ahly by three goals to one in the Egyptian cup final. Two goals from Bassem Morsy and a stunner from Mustafa Fathy were enough to see Zamalek through with the trophy despite Abdallah ElSaid’s penalty that made Al Ahly super close to equalizing. Our infamous media didn’t save effort to dwell our ears with their usual shabby commentary. Medhat Shalaby’s always ahead of the curve, this time with ‘Zaqet el gatooh (push of the cake! – 3rd goal)’ and ‘hatet abdallah el rayaa (Abdallah’s cool score)’

On another note, Al Ahly got eliminated after 2-2 Draw with Zesco, Zambia, last Friday when Wydad Casablanca, Morocco, defeated ASEC Mimosa, Cote d’Ivoire! We wait for the Zamalek vs Enyimba, Nigeria, match tonight! Just a draw would be enough for Zamalek to progress. Wish them luck in the comments below!

What do you think of the sporty season?

How busy a week has this been!?! Egyptians however have a lot more to look forward to next week as the Olympic fiesta goes on. So, will there be more surprises? Let us know what you think! Which athletes are you following in the Olympics?

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