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Egypt claims two more medals at Arab Women tournament

Inas Mazhar , Wednesday 7 Feb 2018
Egypt celebrates medals at AWST
Egypt's athletes celebrate achieved medals at the AWST held in UAE, Sharjah (Photo: Inas Mazhar)
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Egypt added two more medals to its tally at the 4th 2018 Arab Women Sports Tournament (AWST) currently taking place in Sharjah, UAE .

The medals; a gold and a silver were achieved in the sport of athletics.

Reda Adel snatched the gold of the javelin throw event to defend the same title she won in the previous edition in 2016 while Asmaa Qenawy also defended the silver medal she won in the long jump event two years ago.

Both athletes, who represent the Egyptian club Port-Fouad, will take part tomorrow in two more competitions.

Adel will take part in the shot pot event while Qenawy will compete at the triple jump event.

Egypt has now an overall record of 12 medals; nine gold, two silver and one bronze medal.

In addition to the athletics recent gold and silver medals, there were three gold, one silver and one bronze medal in fencing; four gold in karate and a gold in equestrian.

Egypt is taking part in only five of the nine sports included in the program of the fourth edition of AWST; basketball, athletics, karate, fencing and equestrian.

Held under the patronage of Sheikha Jawaher bint Mohammed Al Qasimi, wife of His Highness the Ruler of Sharjah, Chairperson of Sharjah Women's Sports Foundation (SWSF), the tournament has seen the Egyptian Sporting club of Alexandria in a class of its own, through Mariam Al Zuhairi, who won the Individual Open Foil category, Nardeen Ihab Shawki, winner of the Individual Open Epee, Sara Tamer Nono, with a silver in the same category and Nourhan Osama Dosouki with a bronze to round off an outstanding 1,2,3 on the podium.

In the Individual Open Epee, Algerian Yusra Zabouk from Mouloudia Club shared third place with Egypt’s Dosouki. The Egyptians also added the gold medal of the Women’s Fencing Team Open Epee.

With an overall tally of four gold medals, the National Bank of Egypt Club has taken top spot on the Karate podium in the first time the event has been held as part of AWST.

In the Kumite competitions, Yasmine Hamdi secured a win in the 55kg finals putting Egypt on a roll, with more golds coming from Nariman Mohammed in the under 61kg class and Neda Khalid in the under 68kg category.

The day was rounded off perfectly for the Egyptian club as they defeated the Algerian Sports Association 2-1 in the finals of team competition.

In Equestrian, Egypt’s Farah Mostafa of Al- Shams club snatched the gold medal of the show jumping competition after displaying an impressive clear round clocking just 39.10 secs to top the standings.

The fourth – and largest – edition of (AWST) was inaugurated earlier this week at the Al Majaz Amphitheatre in Sharjah.

Themed ‘The World Is Your Court – Together Victorious’, the tournament is hosting 68 clubs from 16 countries and 1,000 athletes and administrative personnel taking part – a 70% increase on the last edition.

Organised by the Sharjah Women’s Sports Foundation, the eleven-day event runs from February 2-12, where the athletes compete in nine sports, namely; basketball, volleyball, table tennis, fencing, archery, shooting, athletics, show-jumping and for the very first time Karate.

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