Swimming: Egypt makes history at 2015 FINA World Championships

Eslam Omar , Monday 10 Aug 2015

Egypt top record-breaker in Kazan Swimming Championships with Ahmed Akram and Farida Osman among best swimmers

The Egyptian national swimming team
The Egyptian national swimming team with their coach Sherif Habib at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia (Photo: Courtsey of Egyptian Swimming Federation Facebook page)

Ahmed Akram and Farida Osman have became the best male and female Egyptian swimmers of all time as Egypt breaks 11 national records at 2015 FINA World Swimming Championships in Kazan.

Egypt achieved these results at the 2015 FINA World Championships, which took place in Kazan, Russia between 24 July and 9 August.

For the first time in their history, since the establishment of the Egyptian Swimming Association (ESA) in 1910, the Pharaohs appeared in two finals and one semifinal, breaking 11 national records.

"After the Kazan results, Egypt has finally become one of the heavyweights in world swimming. It's known that those placing in the top eight are considered the best swimmers in the world," ESA chairman Yasser Edris told the Egyptian media Sunday.

Seven Egyptians made history at the 16th edition of the tournament, making Egypt the top record-breaker in the tournament.

Ahmed Akram best-ever Egyptian swimmer

Ahly star Ahmed Akram broke the national record in the Men's 1500m Freestyle with a finishing time of 14:53.66 minutes, coming in fourth place.

"The ESA thanks Ahly board members for the glorious achievement for Egypt's Swimming," the Association stated in a letter of gratitude published on the Cairo-based club’s official website among many letters the association sent to many Egyptian clubs including Zamalek, 6 October, El-Maady, Cairo, Smouha, El-Said, Heliopolis, and Al-Gazera Sporting clubs.

The 19-year-old not only made it to the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic games, but he also wrote his name in the hall of fame as the best Egyptian who has ever participated in the competitions.

Egypt's Akram Ahmed swims during the men's 400m freestyle heats at the Aquatics World Championships in Kazan, Russia, August 2, 2015 (Reuters)

"We will honor Akram as the first of his kind. The Sports Ministry will keep supporting him and training him for even better results at Rio," Edris added.

Akram finished only two seconds behind Canada's Ryan Cochrane, who placed third place, and almost 14 seconds behind Gold medalist Gregorio Paltrinieri of Italy. These results qualify Akram to compete for a medal in Rio.

Akram broke national records when he finished 10th in 400m freestyle and 9th in the 800m Freestyle missing the finals by less than a second in each competition.

Farida Osman best ever female Egyptian swimmer

Farida Osman finished fifth in the 50m butterfly final in 25.78 seconds, marking the country’s best ever position in the World Championships.

"Words cannot describe how I'm feeling right now. I honestly cannot be any happier," Farida stated through her official Instagram Sunday.

She beat her own Egyptian and African record of 25.88, which she had set on Friday in the semi-finals.

Farida Osman
Farida Hisham Osman (Photo: Courtesy of Farida Osman Facebook page)

The 20-year-old smashed the national record twice in the preliminaries of the 100 fly. She improved her record by one second on day one, touching the walls in 58.22 seconds.

"Thank you so much to everyone who's been supporting me! I am so honored and proud to be able to represent this special country. Love you all! Praise God," she added.

Mohamed Hussein goes to Rio, Egypt's best national record-breaker in the tournament

Mohamed Hussein Khaled is the third Egyptian to make it to the semi-finals, finishing 16th in the 200m Individual Medley in 2:01:41 minutes, 4.60 seconds behind first-placed Ryan Lochte of the US.

The 24-year-old became the best ever Egyptian in the competition's history, earning his ticket to the Rio games.

Mohamed Hussein
Mohamed Hussein (Photo: Courtsey of Egyptian Swimming Federation Facebook page)

Another Pharaoh man Youseff El Kamash broke records twice in the 100m breast stroke and 50m breast stroke. Meanwhile in the 400 free relay, Omar Eid, Hussein, Marwan El-Kamash, and Ali Khalafalla teamed up to break their record by four seconds, finishing with 3:20:59.

"While Egypt’s national records overall may not be quite as fast as, say, China’s or Great Britain’s, it is still absolutely remarkable that they have been able to send such a large contingent to the World Championships and then all swim the best swims of their lives," The American swimming website Swim Swam stated marking Egypt's success in Kazan.

"Egyptian swimmers have been able to both qualify for the fastest meet in the world and then peak again at the right time," Swim Swam confirmed.

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