Preview: Egypt's best-ever swimmers start Olympic campaign Saturday

Ahram Online , Friday 5 Aug 2016

Ahmed Akram and Farida Osman
Egypt's Ahmed Akram (L) and Farida Osman at the swimming World Championships in Kazan,Russia 2015 (Photos:Reuters)

Egypt's best-ever swimmers start their Olympic Games campaign in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday, hoping to cause an upset and compete for a historic medal.

Farida Osman begins the 100m butterfly contest with a superb World Championship campaign still fresh in the memory.

She finished fifth in the 50m butterfly in Kazan, Russia last year, having qualified for the final for the first time along with Ahmed Akram.

Akram, who finished fourth at the World Championship in the 1500m event for Egypt's best-ever position, also starts his Olympic campaign on the same day but he is unlikely to do much in the 400m freestyle.

He will start the 1500m contest, in which he is expected to at least reach the final, next Friday.

In boxing, Orabi Abdel-Gawad will feature in the 81kg preliminary round as Egypt eyes its first medal since winning three (one silver and two bronze) at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.

Egyptian judoka Ahmed Ali Abdelrahman also faces Kyrgyzstan's Otar Bestaev in the men's 60kg round of 32.

Four Egyptians, two men and two women, take part in the table tennis preliminary round and as many athletes feature in the shooting qualifying round - two men in the 10m air pistol contest and two women in the 10m air rifle.

Check the full schedule of Egyptian athletes 


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