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Friday,21 September, 2018
Issue 1249, (4 - 10 June 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Early bloomers

Egyot’s junior modern pentathletes turned heads at the European Youth A Cup in Poland, reports Ghada Abdel-Kader

Al-Ahram Weekly

Egyptian modern pentathlete Sherif Yasser won first place and a gold medal at the European Youth A Cup (under 18) in Poland.

From 21-25 May, 65 boys and 50 girls from 12 countries competed. Among them were Egypt, Poland, Hungary, Lithuania and Georgia. Egypt had Yasser, Sherif Nazeir, Shehabeddin Asharf, Omar Farouk, Ahmed Khaled, Ahmed Sobhi, Mariam Amer, Nour Abbas and Noureen Boulos.

Yasser compiled an overall score of 1,200 points -- 260 in fencing, 337 in swimming, and 603 in the combined event (running and shooting). Poland’s Daniel Lawrynowicz took second place, 27 points behind, with 1,173 points: 231 in fencing, 316 in swimming and 626 in the combined. His compatriot Mikolaj Olszewski finished third with a total of 1,165 points, including 238 in fencing, 308 in swimming and 619 in combined.

In the girls’ event, Egyptian Mariam Amer came in fourth with 1,008 points -- 211 in fencing, 278 in swimming and 519 in combined.

Poland’s Natalia Dominiak captured first place with a total 1,065 points -- 270 in fencing, 283 in swimming and 512 in combined event. Hungarian Eszter Varga took second place, collecting 1,045 points. He scored 232 in fencing, 296 in swimming and 517 in the combined event. Hungarian Luca Barta ended in third place by garnering 1,025 points. Barta scored 235 in fencing, 296 in swimming and 494 in combined.

President of the Egyptian Modern Pentathlon Federation (EMPF) Sherif Al-Erian told Al-Ahram Weekly, “As part of our pentathletes U-18 training regimen, they were divided into two groups. One competed in the Czech Open (Youth A) in Prague from 15-17 May. The other participated in the European Youth A Cup in Poland.  

“EMPF will pick and choose the modern pentathletes with the best results, preparing them for the big event, the World Youth A Championships (U17) in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 1-7 September. They have a training camp in July and one in Mexico.

“In the mixed replay, Sherif Yasser and Mariam Amer finished in fourth place. The result wasn’t what we expected. Amer, 10, did very well but Yasser, 17, didn’t do as good. It is so difficult for him at this young age to maintain a good level,” said Al-Erian.

Al-Erian added, “Currently, Egypt has four modern pentathletes among the top 10 in the world U-18 ranking: Ahmed Hossam and Sherif Yasser in the boys and in the girls, Heidi Adel and Sondous Tarek.  In the women’s and mixed replays Egypt came in second in the world ranking.

“I think we have big chance of winning a medal in the World Youth A Championships.”

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