Egypt ranks 5th at the 2018 Mediterranean Games
Farida Osman breaks records at this year’s Mediterranean Games 2018. Photo credit: Farida Osman’s Facebook page
Egyptian athletes collected 45 medals at this year’s Mediterranean Games in Tarragona, Spain, placing them 5th among the 25 participating nations.
The Mediterranean Games, usually held every four years, ended today with an impressive performance by Egyptian athletes who won 18 gold, 11 silver and 16 bronze medals in the competition. Egypt sent 170 athletes to the Games to participate in 21 sports.
Italy led the number of medals in the competition, winning 156 medals, followed by Spain with 121, Turkey and France with 95 and 99 medals, respectively.
Notable athletes at the event include Farida Osman, who won the silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly event, and the gold medal in the women’s 50-meter butterfly. She broke the record time for the competition with 25.48 and achieved the gold medal in the women’s 50m freestyle event.
In the men’s swimming competitions, Marwan Elkamash won the bronze medal for the 200 m freestyle competition and the 400 m freestyle race. Abdelrahmen Elaraby won the silver medal in the 200m butterfly competition, while Ali Khalafalla won the bronze medal in the 50m freestyle race.
Egypt’s fighters were also very successful at the games. Athletes Walid Mohamed, Abdelrahman Abdelgawwad and Yousry Hafez won three gold medals in three different boxing weight classes – making Egypt the dominant force in boxing competitions at the Games.
For martial arts, Mohamed Ali won the silver medal for judo, Giana Lofty received the silver medal at the karate event for women weighing less than 62 kg. Areej Saeed and Malek Salama also won bronze medals for Egypt in the men’s karate category, with Ahmed Elasfar winning silver in the men’s karate event weighing more than 84 kg and Ahmed Elmasry winning bronze in the same event. At the Greco-Roman wrestling events, Haitham Mahmoud won gold in the 60 kg category, Mohamed Ibrahim ElSayed received silver in the 76 kg category and Ahmed Ibrahim Gomaa won bronze in the 98 kg category.
In weightlifting, Egypt achieved the second most awards at the Games after Turkey. Ahmed Saad won two gold medals in the 62 kg category and Mohamed Mahmoud won two gold medals in the same events in the 77 kg category, while Heba Saleh won the bronze medal in a 48 kg weightlift for women.
The idea for hosting the Mediterranean Games was first proposed by then chairman of the Egyptian Olympic Committee, Mohamed Taher Pasha, at the 1948 Summer Olympics. The opening event of the Mediterranean Games took place in Alexandria in 1951. Egypt has a long track record in this competition.
Egypt’s impressive performance at the Mediterranean Games may give the Egyptians some national pride, despite the unfortunate fate of the national team at this year’s FIFA World Cup.
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