London 2012: Egypt to send largest-ever female delegation to Olympics

Doaa Badr, Wednesday 11 Jul 2012

34 of Egypt's 112 athletes at London Olympics will be women in the largest female contingent from any Arab or Islamic country

Salma ElSaid
Salma El-Said, Arab and African Champion in Gymnastics (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt will send it largest-ever delegation of female athletes to an Olympic Games this summer when 34 women compete for the nation at the 2012 London Games.

The number breaks the previous record of 29 Egyptian women athletes at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

It is also the largest female delegation from any Arab or Islamic nation.

Egypt will be sending 112 athletes in total to London, the second largest number in the country's history after the 1984 event in Los Angeles.

The women will be participating in 13 of the 19 sports contested by Egypt.

Nine will compete in synchronised swimming, five in fencing, three in gymnastics, three in table tennis, three in weightlifting, two in rowing, two in shooting, two in taekwondo, and one each in modern pentathlon, archery, wrestling, athletics, and badminton.

In Beijing, Noha Abd-Rabbo came 5th in Taekwondo +67 kg, while Aya Medani came 8th in the modern pentathlon.

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