Egypt s Mohab Ishak competes in the men s 3m springboard diving semi-final event during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre in Tokyo on August 3, 2021. AFP
Diver Mohab Ishak finished 11th out of 12 finalists in the men's 3m springboard final after scoring 393.15 points on Tuesday, marking Egypt's best position since the 1948 Olympic Games.
Kamal Ali Hassan was the last Egyptian diver to reach the final 73 years ago in London, where he finished seventh.
Ishak scored 72.00 points in the Back 2½ Somersaults, 39.10 points in the Inward 3½ Somersaults, 76.50 points in the Forward 2½ Somersaults 2 Twists, 69.30 points in the Reverse 2½ Somersaults 1½ Twists, 50.75 points in the Reverse 3½ Somersaults and 85.50 points in the Forward 4½ Somersaults.
Ishak narrowly missed out on fulfilling his own target of finishing among the top eight.
"My target is to finish in the top-8. Let's see what happens, but I am super excited to be coming back to this pool," he told the official website of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) in May.
However, he still vastly improved on his 28th position in the preliminaries of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.
Earlier on Tuesday, Ishak qualified for the final after scoring 408.85 points to rank 11th out of the 18 divers who made it to the semis. The top 12 reached the final.
The 24-year-old scored 72.85 points in the Forward 3 ½ somersaults, 85.00 points in the Forward 2 ½ Somersaults 2 twists, 69.30 points in the Reverse 2 ½ Somersaults 1 ½ twist, 56.00 points in the Reverse 3 ½ Somersaults, 64.50 points in the Back 2 ½ Somersaults and 61.20 points in the Inward 3 ½ Somersaults.
He qualified for the semis after scoring 422.75 points in the preliminary round to rank 12th among 29 divers.
Egypt's only medals in diving dates back to Amsterdam 1928 when Farid Simaika won the silver medal in the 10m platform and the bronze in the 3m springboard.
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