Egypt excels as usual! Egyptian athletes are known to strive and excel in all championships. Fencing is one of the very few sports that are discussed among the Egyptian media which is a shame as our champs are raising our heads up high.
The latest African championship was held in Cairo’s International Stadium from 8 June till 12 June where Egypt has won a total of 18 medals and thus ranking the first. Six out of these 18 medals were gold!
Alaa El-Din Aboul Kasem, winner of the men individual foil competition’s silver at the 2012 London Summer Olympics, won gold at the men individual foil competition. Ayman Fayez, won the men individual épée competition.
These two stars also won at the latest is the Nad Al Sheba (NAS) Ramadan Sports Tournament where it started out perfectly with Ayman Fayez as he defeated Mohammad Tadi Rezaei of Iran 15-13 in the men’s international épée and Abouelkassem who scored a 15-14 win against Frenchman Pechoux in the men’s international foil category.
The Egyptian foil team included Aboul Kasem, Mohamed Essam, Mohamed Hassan and Youssef Sanaa, won the competition. Whereas the epee team included Ahmed El-Saghir, Ayman Mohamed Fayez, Sherif Fayez, and Mahmoud Mohsen who also won the men team épée competition.
Egyptian women’s power also showed as the team of Yara El-Sharkawy, Noha Hany, Noura Mohamed, Aida Yasser won the women team foil competition. While, Mariam Ahmed, Logayn Faramawy, Lina Mohamed, and Nour Montaser won the women team sabre competition’s gold.
Four Silver Medals where obtained by Yara El-Sharkawy alone who won silver ar the women individual foil competition and Salwa Gaber, who also won silver at the women individual épée competition.
The team definitely proved themselves as they were able to achieve the impossible which is breaking Tunisia’s winning streak, as for the past four years Tunisia has been ranked the first. This year however, Egypt managed to knock it down to second and rise to the first place!