Swimming: Egypt comes away empty-handed in World Champs Short Course

Ghada Abdel-Kader , Tuesday 21 Dec 2021

Egyptian swimmers missed out on a podium place in the FINA World Swimming Championships (short course 25m) that was held in Abu Dhabi from 16-21 December.

Youssef Ramadan
File Photo: Egyptian swimmer Youssef Ramadan. Photo courtesy of Virginia Tech athletics sports website.

However, several achievements have been realised during the tournament that was pushed back for one year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Youssef Ramadan, 19, became the first Egyptian to reach the final of the 100m butterfly, finishing fourth with a time of 49.50 seconds.

"I was too upset for not winning medal. I was focused and determined to reach the final from day one; I was hoping to achieve a medal for Egypt," Ramadan said.

Ramadan narrowly missed out on a medal, having finished only 0.29s behind Russian Andrei Minakov, who came third.

"Ramadan set a new Egyptian record with a time of 49.50 seconds (overtaking Omar Eissa, who set a time of 53.02s in 2018), "Mohamed El-Desouki, the technical coach of the Egyptian swimming team, told Ahram Online. 

Ramadan, who competed in the men's 100 m butterfly event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics earlier this year, became the first Egyptian male swimmer to advance to the semi-final at the Olympics since the 1948 London Games.

The 4x50 medley team; which comprised of Ramadan, Abdel-Rahman Sameh, Youssef El Kamash and Mohamed Samy; qualified for the final for the first time ever in Egyptian swimming history, finishing fifth.

In the semi final, they came second with a time of 01:33.19 minutes. Egypt's team broke the previous African record held by South Africa (1:34.30 minutes) at the 2014 FINA World Championships (short course 25m).

"All the Egyptian team members traveled abroad to continue their studies. They get swimming training at their universities in the United States. The Egyptian Swimming Federation is keen to provide them with all the financial support they need. There was a training camp in Abu Dhabi right before the tournament," El-Desouki added.

Results

Youssef El-Kamash finished 24th in the heats summary with a time of 02:11.15 minutes in the men's 200 breaststroke on Saturday. In the men's 100m breaststroke, he ended in heat4 with a time of 59.18 minutes last Thursday.

Marwan El-Kamash, 28, competed in men's 200m freestyle, 400m freestyle, 150 freestyle medley and the 4×100 freestyle relay events but failed to reach the semis. 

Farida Osman failed to reach the semi0final after finishing fifth in heat 6 with a time 54.42 minutes in the women's 100m freestyle last Friday.

Sameh came seventh in the semi-final with a time of 21.43 minutes in the men's 50m freestyle. He finished 11th in the heats with a time of 22.76 minutes in the men's 50m butterfly.

Samy ended 8th in the semi-final with 23.65 minutes in the men's 50m backstroke. 

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