Egypt’s really been on a roll this month. We went live on Snapchat, ‘lavishly’ inaugurated the Suez Canal on an international stage, and brought home FIFTY medals from the Special Olympics 2015, hosted in LA. Our sporting prowess did not end there – this week, we’ve been kicking butt and taking titles in various sports worldwide. Young Egyptians have been competing and breaking records all over the place. If this doesn’t make you stand tall and walk like an Egyptian, we don’t know what will.
Egyptian Olympian swimmer Farida Osman achieved a new milestone at the FINA World Championships after finishing fifth in the 50 meter butterfly final in Kazan, Russia. She had previously broken Egypt’s record in 2013, finishing in seventh place. She has also broken her record twice before at the 16th FINA World Champions in the 100 meter butterfly. Additionally, Osman broke her 50 meter butterfly record when she finished in 25.78 seconds this year.
Ahmed Akram has been generating hype in his country since finishing fourth in the men’s 1,500 meter freestyle at the 16th FINA World Championships – with 14:53.66, 2.58 seconds. Akram also managed to finish ninth in the men’s 800 meter freestyle and 10th in the 400 meter freestyle, breaking Egyptian records.
U-16 Basketball Champions
Moving away from swimming pools and onto the basketball court! Egypt’s under-16 basketball team, Pharaohs, have won the title of African champions after defeating their host, Mali, by one point in the final second. Tensions were running incredibly high, but the Egyptian basketball team took it home with the final whistle blow – winning 64-63. Prior to the finals, Egypt had defeated Angola in the semi-finals and Tunisia in the quarter-finals – winning a total of seven games and losing just one to Mali in the preliminary rounds.
Elgazar surprised many people around the globe with his win against Mongolian legend and eight-time defending heavyweight gold medallist Byambajar ‘Byamba’ Ulambayar in the fifteenth annual US Sumo Open. Byamba had won every single heavyweight crown over the last eight years and is a four-time World Sumo champion – Byamba met his match, as Elgazar forced him outside the ring and claimed his first US Sumo Open gold medal. The event was held at the Walter Pyramid – commonly referred to as The Pyramid in Long Island Beach. Fitting for someone who just ended the long winning-streak of a Mongolian champ, don’t you think?