Athletics: Last Egyptian hope for medal at World Championships

Ahram Online , Tuesday 25 Aug 2015

Ihab Abdelrahman
Egypt's javelin thrower Ihab Abdelrahman (Photo: Al-Ahram)

Egypt's last hope for a historic medal at the 2015 World Championships lies in the hands of Ihab Abdel-Rahman, who will take part in the Javelin Throw final in Beijing on Wednesday.

Abdel-Rahman qualified for the final after finishing eighth in the semi-final with a 82.85 metre throw, 3.29 metres behind first-placed Andreas Hofmann of Germany.

But he will have a mountain to climb to earn Egypt its first ever world medal in Athletics.

The 26-year-old will be looking to break or equal his personal best record of 89.21 metres that he threw in Shanghai on 18 May 2014 if he is to mount a serious challenge for a top-three finish.

The best javelin throw of all time was made by Jan Zeleny of the Czech Republic in Jena (Abbe Sport Ground) on 25 May 1996 with 98.48 metres. Zeleny's record is followed by Finland's Aki Parviainen [93.09] in 1999 and Russia's Sergey Makarov [92.61] in 2002.

Abdel-Rahman is Egypt's last hope for a first ever athletics world championship medal this year after his other two fellow Egyptians failed to snatch one.

Hammer thrower Mostafa Elgamal finished seventh with a 76.81 metre throw on Sunday while Mostafa Amr missed out on the shot put final during his first participation in the World Championship,  finishing 18th among 28 athletes on Sunday.

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