Olympics: Egypt’s Maha Amer secures spot at Paris 2024 in three-meter dive

Ahram Online , Friday 22 Dec 2023

Egyptian diver Maha Amer earned her ticket to the 2024 Paris Olympics in dazzling fashion on Tuesday, bagging gold at the African Continental Championships with a personal best score in the women's 3-meter springboard.

Maha Amer
Egyptian diver Maha Amer secured a spot in the 2024 Paris Olympics. Photo: University of Florida Swimming and Diving team's website.


The 24-year-old, a two-time All-American and former Southeastern Conference co-diver of the year erupted with a score of 307.15 to dominate the competition and punch her ticket to the Games.

"I am beyond proud of Maha," said her University of Florida coach Bryan Gillooly. "Her work ethic, dedication, and sheer perseverance have led her to this moment. After missing out on Tokyo in 2020, many would have given up, but we both knew she had more to achieve."

Amer's diving journey began at the tender age of seven in a Cairo gymnastics club. Her talent caught the eye of a coach, who nudged her towards the springboard, launching a 17-year journey of aquatic grace.

Amer's Olympic debut arrived early at the 2016 Rio Games, where she etched her name in history as the youngest competitor in the women's three-metre field at just 16. Though her 28th-place finish didn't reflect her full potential, it was a valuable experience that fueled her determination.

Two years later, Amer embarked on a new chapter, crossing the Atlantic to pursue both a degree in public health and economics at the University of Arkansas while honing her diving skills. After three successful years, her talent impressed Florida University head coach Bryan Gillooly, leading her to Gainesville for her senior season.

At Florida, Amer continued to rewrite records. During the 2022-2023 season, she set a school record in the one-metre springboard with a score of 350.55 points. On her senior day, she put on a dazzling display, claiming victories in both the one-metre and three-metre against the Florida Atlantic Owls.

Now, with her sights set on the Parisian summer, Amer has proven that her journey is far from over. The 2024 Olympic Games, taking place from July 26 to August 11, will be a stage for her to showcase the unwavering spirit and talent that propelled her to this moment.

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