Egypt's Farida Osman swims to success at 2018 Mediterranean Games

Emma Scolding, Tuesday 26 Jun 2018

The freestyle and butterfly specialist swimmer has won 3 medals in the competition thus far

Swimmer Farida Osman with her medals
Swimmer Farida Osman with her medals (Photo: The official instgram account of Farida Osman)

Despite a disappointing exit from the World Cup this week, Egyptian sports fans have a reason to celebrate, after swimmer Farida Osman won two gold medals at the 2018 Mediterranean Games and brought the national team’s total medal haul to 28.

Osman, 23, currently holds second place in the competition’s individual performance rankings after adding she took first place in the women’s 50m freestyle on Monday.

The Egyptian national record-holder also took gold in the 50m butterfly on Sunday, a day after she won silver in the 100m freestyle race. Other Egyptian swimmers have collected three silver and two bronze medals.

Egypt now has a total collection of 28 medals in the competition, putting the country in fifth place out of the 25 participating Mediterranean countries.  

The Egyptian team has also given strong performances in the weightlifting events, with Ahmed Saad and Olympic champion Mohammed Ehab gaining two golds apiece, alongside Sara Ahmed’s gold in the women’s 69kg category. Egyptians have also secured another silver and a bronze medal in weightlifting events.

Egypt took three medals in wrestling, with a gold from Haitham Mahmoud in the men’s Greco-Roman 60kg category.

Three bronzes and two silver medals in karate and a bronze and silver in shooting make up Egypt’s total collection of 24.

The competition continues until Sunday, with 170 Egyptian sportsmen and women set to compete throughout.

The 18th edition of the Mediterranean games is currently being held in Tarragona, Spain.

The games were conceived in 1948 by the chairman of Egypt’s National Olympic Committee Mohamed Taher Pacha, in the spirit of the “peace-making and unifying” nature of sports, and were first held in Alexandria in 1951.

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