Egyptian Champs Sara Samir and Mohamed Ehab
Egyptian Olympic Bronze Medalists Sara Samir and Mohamed Ehab

18 Year Old Sara Samir wins Egypt its first Bronze in the Rio Olympics

Sara Samir crowned Bronze at the Rio Olympics
Champion Sara Samir poses with her Bronze Medal at the Rio Olympics 2016

Weightlifter Sara Samir (18 years old), who missed her Thanaway Ama Exams  ( equivalent to GCSE – End of  Secondary School  Exams) to prep mentally and physically for the Rio Olympics, made Egypt proud in the early hours of Thu (CLT) by winning her first bronze medal in the 69kg event.  Sara totaled 255 kg after succeeding in all six attempts in snatch and clean and jerk. The gold medal went to Yanmei Xiang of China (261kg) and silver medalist Zhazira Zhapparkul of Kazakhstan (259kg).


Sara Samir from Ismailia is the first female Egyptian, Arab and African  EVER to officially win an Olympic medal since Egypt first participated in the Olympic games in 1912. Abeer Abdelrahman is expected to be granted the silver medal in the 75g event of London 2012 after the official results had been suspended in July over doping charges. Sara is the first to be crowned on an Olympic podium during the games.

“This is such a big honor”  “All Egypt was waiting for one or two medals from our team.” Sara says to Reuters.

Mohamed Ehab snatches the 2nd Medal for Egypt

Mohamed Ehab AKA BOB (27 years old) snatches a bronze for Egypt in the Men’s 77kg event at the Rio Olympic Games, totaled 361kg after enduring two failed attempts in the snatch and clean and jerk. Bob finished third behind Kazakhstan’s Nijat Rahimov  and China’s Lu Xiaojun, who both set a world and Olympic record with 379kg each.

Mohamed Ehab on the podium carrying his later father's picture Rio Olympics
Mohamed Ehab on the podium carrying his later father’s picture Rio 2016

BOB carried his late father’s picture on the podium saying “Kan nifsy yeb2a mi3aya”” I wish he was here with me.”


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