Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi described on Saturday Egypt’s first gold medal at the Tokyo Games as “a new achievement to be proud of that confirms the ability of the Egyptians to make achievements in all fields.”
In her first Olympic appearance, Karateka Feryal Ashraf gave Egypt its first gold medal at the Olympics since the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens when she defeated on Saturday Azerbaijan's Irina Zaretska in the final of the +61kg category.
On his official Facebook page, El-Sisi congratulated Ashraf, saying he is proud of her achievement.
“I congratulate the daughter of Egypt, champion Feryal Ashraf, for winning the Karate gold medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics,” the president wrote on Saturday.
“I am proud of my daughter, Feryal Ashraf, and of every Egyptian who raises Egypt's name high in international forums,” El-Sisi added.
With Ashraf's gold medal, Egypt has recorded its biggest medal haul at a single Olympic Games with six medals.
Egypt's medal haul in Tokyo:
Feryal Ashraf: Karate (women's kumite +61 kg), gold medal
Ahmed El-Gendy: Modern Pentathlon (men), silver medal
Hedaya Malak: Taekwondo (women's 67kg), bronze medal
Seif Eissa: Taekwondo (men's 80 kg), bronze medal
Giana Farouk: Karate (women's kumite 61kg), bronze medal
Mohamed 'Kesho' El-Sayed: Greco-Roman wrestling (men's 67kg), bronze medal