Swimming: Egyptian Youssef Ramadan reaches Men's 100m Butterfly semis

Mahmoud Elassal , Thursday 29 Jul 2021

Only 16 players reached the event's semis from 8 heats, with Ramadan securing the 14th place

Youssef Ramadan
File Photo: Youssef Ramadan. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech athletics sports team Facebook

Egyptian swimmer Youssef Ramadan booked his place in the Men's 100m Butterfly semifinals after finishing 2nd in Heat 5 of the event in 51.67 seconds to end 14th in the overall ranking.

The 19-year-old broke his own record, 51.83 seconds, while participating in the Tokyo Games on Thursday after finishing 2nd in Heat 5 of the event in 51.67 seconds.

Ramadan became the first Egyptian male swimmer to advance to the semi-final at the Olympics since the 1948 London Games, when Ahmed Kandil and Taha Youssef El-Gamal featured in the final of the 200m breaststroke and the 100 freestyle respectively.

Farida Osman, nicknamed the Golden Fish, was the first Egyptian female to qualify for the semis, having achieved that feat in the 100m butterfly event at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Ramadan will participate in the Men's 100m Butterfly semifinals early on Friday at 03:30, Cairo local time (GMT+2).

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