Wrestling: Heartbreak for Egypt's Kesho, Metwally as they lose in semis

Ahram Online , Tuesday 3 Aug 2021

There is still chance for redemption for the Egyptian duo as they will contest bronze medals on Wednesday

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Ukraine s Parviz Nasibov, top, and Egypt s Mohamed Ibrahim Elsayed compete during the men s 67kg Greco-Roman wrestling semifinal match at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Chiba, Japan (AP)

Egyptian wrestlers Mohamed Ibarahim Elsayed "Kesho" and Mohamed Metwally missed out on a place in the final of their respective contests after heartbreaking losses on Tuesday.

Kesho threw away a comfortable lead to lose 7-6 to Ukraine's Parviz Nasibov in the men's 67kg category.

Kesho led 5-0 at one point but Nasibov staged a superb fightback to snatch a victory at the death.

The Egyptian led 6-4 with less than 30 seconds remaining, opting to merely defend with the clock ticking towards the end.

However, Nasibov had the upper hand when it mattered most as Kesho's late challenge was not successful.

In the men's 87kg category, Metwally also led 2-1 following the end of the first period against 2018 world silver medalist Viktor Lorincz of Hungary but ended up losing 9-2.

Lorincz slipped away in the second half with some great moves to widen the gap and secure a deserved victory.

There is still chance for redemption for the Egyptian duo as they will contest bronze medals on Wednesday. The iconic Karam Gaber was the last Egyptian wrestler to win an Olympic medal, having clinched silver in 2012 in London.

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