Weightlifting: Said clinches three medals for Egypt at world championship

Ahmed Abd El Rasoul , Sunday 12 Dec 2021

Weightlifter Neama Said clinched three medals — two golds and one silver — for Egypt on Sunday at the world championship, as the country returned to the official competition for the first time since 2019.

Neama Saeid

After an almost two-year suspension for doping, Egyptian weightlifting is back in action in the prestigious competition that kicked off on Tuesday and will run till 17 December in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

In Egypt’s first appearance on Sunday, the 19-year-old Neama competed in the women’s 64kg weight event; winning the gold medal after lifting 106kg in the snatch and also the silver after lifting 127kg in the clean and jerk.

She also won the gold for a total of 233kg, just one kilo ahead of silver medal winner Wen-Huei Chen of Taiwan and 16kg ahead of bronze medalist Minkyung Park of South Korea.

Egypt is being represented at the world championship by seven players, however, 2016 Olympics bronze medalist Sara Samir is missing due to being suspended.

The men’s team is comprised of 2016 Olympics bronze medallist Mohamed Ihab (81kg category), Karim Khala (89kg), Ahmed Ashour (96kg), and Ahmed Abdel-Hamid Gaber (+109kg). Promising junior weightlifter Abdallah Galal (96kg) is also part of the team.

The women’s team is composed only of Halima Abdel-Azim (+87kg) and Neama Said (64kg).

Egypt’s most decorated weightlifter of all time Ihab, 32, will be competing at the 81kg event later on Sunday.

Furthermore, Khala will be playing on Monday; Abdallah Galal and Ahmed Ashour will be competing on Tuesday; and Halima and Gaber will be lifting on Thursday.

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