Egyptian 81-year-old swimmer Ghorab claims silver medal in World Aquatics Masters

Mahmoud Elassal , Saturday 2 Mar 2024

At the age of 81, Egyptian veteran swimmer Nagwa Ghorab clinched the silver medal at the World Aquatics Masters Championship held in Qatar on Saturday.

Nagwa Ghorab
File Photo: Egyptian swimmer Nagwa Ghorab, swims underwater during her training session in Cairo, Egypt January 27, 2019. REUTERS


Ghorab finished second in the Women's Masters 50m freestyle event, clocking a time of 47.88 seconds.

The gold medal was claimed by 80-year-old Sevigny Lanthier Madelei from Canada, who finished at 37.69 seconds.

The World Aquatics Masters Championships, Doha 2024, is currently taking place in Qatar from 23 February to 3 March 2024.

Nagwa Ghorab, an inspiring Egyptian woman, has defied time and achieved remarkable feats in the world of swimming.

Born in Damanhur, Egypt in 1943, she was a champion swimmer for Egypt at the age of 14.

However, she retired as the country's swimming foundation at the time did not provide opportunities for high-level competition for adults.

"It was a challenging time for me," Ghorab told The National.

"During that period, I continued swimming as a regular sport, but I am not an ordinary swimmer. I am a competitive swimmer in the water. I only feel happy when there is a strong competitor next to me so I can surpass them," she added.

Ghorab eventually returned to swimming in her sixties, undeterred by the gap in her swimming career. She firmly believes that age is just a number.

"I challenged my age. I challenged the difficulties to prove that nothing is impossible. Anyone who desires to achieve something can make it happen," said the determined Egyptian swimmer.

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