As of Day 9, Egypt has bagged 2 bronze medals at Rio 2016.
After 104 years participation at the Olympics, Egypt has its first women to win an Olympic medal. Sara Ahmed, a young and strong 18 years old won the bronze medal for 69 kg category after lifting combined weight of 255 kg.
The Arab Republic of Egypt is a modern Islamic country, with a population of 91.4 mil, 90% of which is Muslim. Their first participation in the Olympics was in 1912, and at Rio 2016, they sent 119 athletes to compete in 22 games. Thirty seven (37) of them are female of which eleven (11) are hijabi or competing in modest attires. These eleven ladies compete in wrestling, taekwondo, shooting, beach volleyball, archery, athletics and weightlifting.
Here are the 11 ladies :
1. Sara Ahmed, Weightlifting
Sara became the first Arab woman to win an Olympic weightlifting medal. She won the third place for women’s 69 kg, recording a combined weight of 255 kg
2. Doaa Elghobashy, Beach Volleyball
Doaa and partner Nada are in a stereotype game, where participants usually compete in bikinis. They have gotten many heads turned to their sides despite being all-covered.
3. Nada Meawad, Beach Volleyball
Nada and Doaa played three games in round one to give them exposure of the games. Nada is only 18. They played against the German, Italy and Canada teams at Rio 2016.
4. Fatma El Sharnouby, Athletics
Fatma runs the 800 meters at Rio 2016. Her personal best time is 2:18.19 in April 2016. Young at 19, Fatma has a lot of room to learn from great athletes and runners at the Olympics.
5. Shimaa Hashad, Shooting
Shima is not new in the shooting scene. Rio 2016 is her third time partcipating at the Olympics, first in 2004. She competed for women’s 10m air rifle and ranked 27 out of 51 contestants.
6. Hadir Mekhimar, Shooting
Young and new in the shooting scene, Hadir is ranked 47 at Rio 2016. She won the gold medal at the Summer Youth Olympics in China at age 16.
7. Hedaya Wahba, Taekwondo
Second time Olympian at Rio 2016, young Hedaya competes in Taekwondo women’s 57 kg. She qualified for the quarterfinals at the London 2012 for the same category.
8. Seham El Sawalhy, Taekwondo
Second time Olympian at Rio 2016, Seham, 25 years old, competed in the 67 kg category at London 2012. This year she competes for the same category.
9. Shaimaa Haridy, Weightlifting
Shaimaa competes in the Women’s over 75 kg category. In the past, she has won gold medals at the Arab Weightlifting Championships 2015 and 17th Mediterranean Games in 2013, when she lifted 110 kg and 135 kg in snatch and clean & jerk categories respectively.
10. Noura Mohamed, Fencing
Noura competes in women’s individual foil at the Olympics for the first time.
11. Reem Mansour, Archery
Reem is 22 and she competes in the women’s individual archery category for the first time at the Olympics.
Egypt has a good line up of many young promising female athletes participating at Rio 2016 of which will gain tremendous experience and invaluable insights of doing better for future Olympics.
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