Fencing: Egypt guaranteed first medal at London Games

Hatem Maher, Tuesday 31 Jul 2012

Egypt guaranteed its first London Games medal after fencer Alaaeldin Abouelkassem reached the final of the men's individual foil on Tuesday

Alaaeldin Abouelkassem

Egyptian fencer Alaaeldin Abouelkassem made history after reaching the final of the men’s individual foil following a 15-12 victory over South Korea’s Byungchul Choi on Tuesday.

Abouelkassem will either win the gold or silver medal for Egypt’s first triumph at the ongoing London Games. It will be the country’s first medal since Judoka Hesham Mesbah won the bronze four years ago in Beijing.

Fencer Abouelkassem finished the first period with a 2-1 lead over Choi. The second ended in a 3-3 draw and the Egyptian survived a late scare in the third to wrap up a deserved 15-12 victory.

He will meet China’s Sheng Leii in the final as both contests the gold medal at 18:40 GMT (20:40 Cairo local time).

Egypt’s last gold was in the 2004 Athens Games when wrestling star Karam Gaber beat Turkey’s Mehmet Ozal in the Men's Greco-Roman 96 kg.

Abouelkassem remarkably overcame former world champions Peter Joppich of Germany and Andrea Cassara of Italy en route to the final.


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