Olympics: Who's to watch in Team Egypt

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Jul 2021

Check a list of Egypt s most prominent athletes and medal contenders at the Tokyo Olympic Games

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Farida Osman

Egypt s Farida Osman competes in a heat for the women s 50m butterfly event during the swimming cp
Egypt's Farida Osman competes in a heat for the women's 50m butterfly event during the swimming competition at the 2019 World Championships at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea, on July 26, 2019 AFP

 

Nicknamed the Butterfly, Egypt's best ever swimmer will be looking to bring her recent success to the Olympic level, having given the country two bronze medals the World Championship in 2017 and 2019 -- an unprecedented achievement.  She will make her third Olympic appearance after featuring in the 2012 and 2016 editions in London and Rio de Janeiro respectively.

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Hedaya Malak

Hedaya Malak

The Taekwondo practitioner is Egypt's highest profile athlete at the Tokyo games, with her being one of only two among the Egyptian delegation to have had a taste of glory following her bronze medal success at Rio 2016. She finished fifth at the 2019 World Championships and claimed the bronze in the 2019 Rome Grand Prix and, most recently, the bronze in the 2021 African Championships in Senegal's Dakar.

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Azmi Mehelba

Azmi Mehelba

The 30-year-old skeet shooter is one of Egypt's hottest prospects for a medal this time around after twice failing to live up to expectations in London 2012 and Rio 2016. He is approaching the Tokyo Games second in the world ranking with 3,834 points, having been in the top ten since 2014.

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Mohamed 'Kesho' Ibrahim

Mohamed  Kesho  Ibrahim


The Greco-Roman wrestler is dreaming of following in the footsteps of his idol and legendary wrestler Karam Gaber to achieve Olympic glory. Gaber is Egypt's best ever Olympian, having claimed the gold medal in Athens 2004 and a silver in London 2012. He is an iconic figure in the world of wrestling and Kesho is well-placed to succeed him.

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Giana Farouk

Giana Farouk


Farouk, nickname the Karate Queen, is aiming big on her debut appearance at the Olympics after a series of achievements on the international level. A remarkable haul of 17 gold medals, four bronze and six silver makes her one of the favourites to win a medal in Tokyo.

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Ahmed El-Ahmar

Ahmed El-Ahmar

The Tokyo Games could mark the final step of Ahmed El-Ahmar's illustrious international career after the Egyptian handball legend said he might call it a day soon. The 37-year-old, an iconic handball figure in Egypt and Africa, will make his fourth Olympic appearance with the Pharaohs, having been a regular presence since 2004. Although he is way past his prime, his contributions still make the difference for the national team.

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Ramadan Sobhi

Ramadan Sobhi


For Ramadan Sobhi, the undisputed star of Egypt's U23 football team, the Tokyo Games will be a golden chance to showcase his capabilities on the international stage and open a new route back to Europe. The talented winger has not abandoned his hope of reviving his career in European football after unfruitful spells with Stoke City and Huddersfield in the English Premier League.

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