Team Egypt has collectively given us 14 medals, and counting. With four gold medals, four silver, and six bronze, they are making us proud to say the least, and with three days remaining in the competition, our athletes might surprise us even more.
Here’s what they have been doing since our last post on how the Paralympic champs have done until September 4.
Mohamed El Dib, gold, powerlifting: The 33 year old won us our fourth gold medal yesterday, September 5, at the men’s -100 kgs. El Deeb set a world record through an amazing lift of 249 kgs. He had beaten China’s Dong Qi who only lifted a 242 kgs as well as Iran’s Ali Sadeghzadehsalmani. This was El Dib’s first time at the Paralympics and he outdid his own performance at the 2010 World Championship where he came in second by lifting 225 kgs.
Hany Abdel Hady, gold, powerlifting: The 32 year old got us our third gold medal on September 4, through successfully beating China and Greece’s athletes and lifting 241 kgs at men’s -90 kgs. Not only did Abdel Hady win us a gold, he also set a Paralympics record. This was his first time at the Paralympics but he had previously won first place in the World Championship of 2010, lifting a 135 kgs.
Ibrahim Abdelwareth, silver, athletics: The 23 year old scored us our second silver medal yesterday, September 5, at the men’s shot put F37/38. Abdelwareth came in second to China’s Dong Xia and was followed by Iran’s Javad Hardani. Abdelwareth is scheduled to compete again in men’s discuss throw tomorrow, September 7. This was Abdelwareth’s first time at the Paralympics and he had previously come in first at the World Championship for shot put F37-38 in 2011.
Randa Mahmoud, silver, powerlifting: The 25 year old scored us yet another silver medal in women’s -82.5 kgs weightlifting on September 4. Mahmoud lifted 140 kgs and came second to Nigeria’s Loveline Obiji and was followed by China’s Yenmei Xu. This was her first time at the Paralympics, but she had previously came in second at the World Championship of 2010 in the 75 kgs competition.
Heba Ahmed, silver, power-lifting: The 31 year old Heba Ahmed scored us our fourth silver medal yesterday, September 5 at the women’s +82.5 kgs. Ahmed came in second to Nigeria’s Grace Anzoie and was followed by Mexico’s Perla Barecenas. Born in Zaqaziq, Ahmed was diagnosed with Polio as a young child.
The two times gold medalists at the 2004 and the 2008 Paralympics has, yet again, made us all proud through successfully lifting 140 kgs.
Team Egypt also made it to the quarterfinals of men’s table tennis class 4-5 where they lost to Chinese Taipei by a score of 1-3.
The Men’s sitting volleyball team made it to the semifinals through beating Morocco and Great Britain. With one match left to determine the final result, our team is set to compete in the semifinals of men’s sitting volleyball today at 2pm against China.
Keep on rooting for team Egypt in the London 2012 Paralympics.
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