Athletics: Wonder week

Al-Ahram Weekly Editorial , Thursday 15 Nov 2018

Ramadan Darwish

Weightlifting, modern pentathlon, karate, judo and taekwondo were the individual sports that Egyptians excelled in this week. A day after Mohamed Ihab’s victory in weightlifting with a gold, silver and bronze in the -81kg category, teammate Sara Samir also clinched three medals in the women’s -71kg weight category. The Egyptian woman of steel, Samir claimed two silver medals and one bronze in her weight.

In judo, Ramadan Darwish claimed the bronze medal in the -100kg weight category at the IJF World Judo Tour -- the 2018 Tashkent Grand Prix -- with the participation of 347 men and women competitors representing 47 countries. Darwish beat Montenegro’s Pantic Danilo to win the bronze with a full ippon.

Karate was also a hit this week with three bronze medals won by Gianna Farouk in the -61kg category and Shaimaa Abul-Yazid in the over 68kg weight category. The women’s kummite team also claimed the bronze medal of the teams’ event.

Taekwondo’s Olympic bronze medalist Hedaya Malak continued her comeback by winning the bronze medal at the Croatia Taekwondo Championship.

Modern Pentathlon youth Olympic gold medalist Ahmed Al-Guindi was named best junior male athlete of 2018 at the international federation’s annual awards held during the 70th anniversary gala of UIPM, the international governing body of modern pentathlon. Another Egyptian, Omar Hossam, received the Fair Play award.

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