Rowing: Egypt's El-Banna qualifies for single sculls final B at Rio 2016

Ahram Online , Friday 12 Aug 2016

Abdelkhalek Elbanna
Abdelkhalek Elbanna, of Egypt, competes in the men's quadruple sculls heat during the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 9, 2016. (AP)

Egyptian rower Abdel-Khaleq El-Banna has booked a place in the single sculls final B of the contest after placing fifth in the semi-final A/B 1 with 7:13.55 on Friday.

El-Banna failed to finish in the first three spots of the semi-final A/B; he was fourth at 500m and 1000m but finished fifth in at the end of the 1500m event.

The leading three have qualified for the final A while the remaining contenders will go to the final B.

The 28-year-old El-Banna will compete in the single sculls final B event on Saturday.

Ali Ibrahim is Egypt's best ever rower at the Olympics, coming 8th in Atlanta 1996.

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