Preview: Egypt's fencer Abouelkassem starts bid for another Olympic medal

Ahram Online , Saturday 6 Aug 2016

Alaaeldin Abouelkassem
Egypt's Alaaeldin Abouelkassem celebrates defeating Italy's Andrea Cassara in 2012 London Olympics foil individual's quarterfinals (Reuters)

Egyptian fencer Alaa Abouelkassem will bid for another Olympic medal when he begins his campaign at the Rio de Janeiro Games on Sunday.

Aboulkassem, who was given a bye into the round of 32 at the men's foil, faces Alexander Choupenitch of the Czech Republic at 16:00 Cairo time (14:00 GMT).

He suffered a scare just a few days before the Games got underway after hurting his ankle but his doctor confirmed that the 25-year-old, one of two Egyptian athletes to win a medal at the 2012 London Games, would be fit to play on Sunday.

Abouelkassem made history when he became the first Egyptian and African athlete to win a fencing Olympic medal, clinching silver after putting on a brave fight in a defeat by China's Lei Sheng four years ago.

Swimmer Marwan El-Kamash will feature in the men's 200m freestyle after agonisingly missing out on a place in the final of the 400m freestyle on Saturday despite finishing first in his heat. His overall rank was 16th.

Two boxers also begin their Olympic campaign on Sunday, with Mahmoud Abdel-Aal facing Algeria's Reda Benbaziz in the preliminary round of the men's 60 kg event and Walid Seddiq playing Britain's Josh Kelly in the 69 kg contest.

Sherine El-Zeini also features in the Gymnastics Artistic preliminary round and Egypt's volleyball team opens its campaign against Poland.

Egypt's beach volleyball team will also face Germany in its first game.

Check the full schedule of Egyptian athletes

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