The Olympic flame has finally landed in Rio and the countdown has begun! It is time to watch for our Egyptian champs, who are likely to come back home crowned with Olympic medals. The summer Olympics in 2016 are set to take place in Brazil for both Olympics ( Aug 5 -21 2016) and ParOlympics (Sep 7 – 18 2016).
Here is a list of the 10 Egyptians to watch in the Summer Olympics:
1- Mohamed Ehab in Weight Lifting ( (Born November 21 1989 – 77 Kg Weight Class)
Mohamed Ehab (Facebook fan page) is all set for a medal in Rio 216. Mohamed was ranked second for the 77 kg weight-class in the World Weightlifting Championship. Ihab reached the overall podium with a total of 363 kg, after successfully lifted 162 kg in the snatch and 201 kg in the clean and jerk, (in the 77 kg men category) breaking the national, Arab and continental highs. Egyptian weightlifters have qualified six men’s and three women’s quota places.
2- Farida Osman in Swimming 50 m Freestyle and 100 m Butterfly (Born January 18, 1995)
Farida, Egypt’s best female swimmer of all time is dreaming of making history at the upcoming summer Olympics. Farida made her first Olympic appearance at the age of 17 in London 2012 where she finished 42nd with a time of 26.34 in the 50 m freestyle. Farida is now a student at the University of California, Berkeley.
3- Hossam Bakr in Boxing Middle Light Weight Class (Born October 26, 1985 )
Egypt has entered four boxers to compete in 4 weight classes. Hossam Bakr will compete in the Middle Light Weight class. Hossam is the only Egyptian boxer qualifying through the 2015 World Championships; he is the third ever Egyptian to win a medal (a bronze) in the prestigious World Boxing Championships.
4- Ihab Abdel Rahman in Javelin (Born May 1st 1989)
Ihab, the Javelin Pharaoh, had won Egypt the first Silver medal ever in Javelin Throw at IAAF Bejing 2015 World Championship. Ihab’s personal best is 89.21 m achieved in May 2014 in Shanghai.
5- Ahmed Akram in Swimming 400 m & 1500 m freestyle (Born October 20 1996)
Ahmed reaped 4 medals in all African Games Brazzaville, Republic of Congo Sep 2015. Ahmed used to train at AlAhly Sporting Club and is currently training at the University of South Carolina, USA. He is one of three swimmers who will represent Egypt in Rio along, the Golden Fish, Farida Osman and Marwan El Kamash.
6- Omar Aser in Table Tennis ((Born July 22 1991)
Omar is crowned champion of the 2015 African Games Cup in singles, previously he won silver in singles and gold in team play at the 2011 Arab Games. Omar made his first Olympic appearance in London 2012, but had lost in the second round.
7- Hedaya Malak in Taekwondoo ( (Born April 21, 1993)
Hedaya made her first Olympic appearance in London 2012, where she competed in the Taekwondo women’s 57 kg and qualified for the quarterfinals. In Mexico 2015 World Taekwondo Grand Prix, Hedaya snatched the 57-kg gold medal, qualifying her to the summer Olympics.
8- Sara Ahmed in Weight Lifting (Born Jan 1st 1998)
At 18 years Sara Ahmed is won a gold for Egypt in the Women’s 63Kg Weightlifting at the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games. Sarah has an impressive track record, she won the 2014 Youth Olympic Champion, she was crowned Youth World Champion twice (2013 & 2015) and holds the 2015 Junior World Champion. Sara competes in the 63-69 kg category.
9 – Mohamed Ihsan in Weightlifting (Born in 1984)
Mohamed’s last appearance was in the 2015 African Weightlifting Championship where he was ranked first with mighty lifts of 200 kg Snatch and a 241 Clean and Jerk breaking the African records in the Snatch (200 kg and the total(441 kg)!
10- Mostafa ELgamal in Hammer Throw (Born October 1st 1988)
The 27 year old had competed for Egypt in hammer throw at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Mostafa’s personal best is 81.27 m, which set a new African record in 2014. He ranked 1st place in the All African Championship held in Congo 2015.