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Current issue | Issue 1274, (10 - 16 December 2015)
Friday,21 September, 2018
Issue 1274, (10 - 16 December 2015)

Ahram Weekly

Winners by the dozen

Egypt saw unprecedented success after 12 shooters booked their tickets for the summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Inas Mazhar reports

Al-Ahram Weekly

Egypt’s male and female shooters outclassed their opponents from 15 other countries as they dominated the African qualifiers, winning a total of 60 medals -- 39 gold medals, 11 silver and 10 bronze.

Tunisia finished second with 20 medals, followed by Algeria in third place with 15 various medals

The one-week event was held from 28 November to 7 December at the Shooting Club at the Pyramids and 6th of October City.

Egypt also secured 10 of the 15 quota births allocated to the African continent at the Games. Egypt had previously won two places in the Olympic Games from the World Championships, bringing the total of Egypt’s participation at the Games in shooting to 12, the highest participation ever in the history of Egypt at the shooting competition in the Games.

The qualifiers from Egypt were Sami Abdel-Razek, Hadir Mekheimar, Afaf Al-Hodhod, Ahmed Darwish, Ahmed Shaaban, Ahmed Al-Kordi, Franco Beiro, Hamada Talaat, Norhan Amer, Shaimaa Hashad, Abdel-Aziz Mehelba and Azmi Mehelba.

Hazem Hosni, president of both the Egyptian and African shooting federations, was thrilled with the achievement. “Egyptian shooting has made history with this accomplishment. Egypt had never had such a big number of athletes at an Olympic Games like this edition. No more than two marksmen had ever represented Egypt in the Olympics. Now, we have 12 male and female athletes. It’s great,” Hosni told Al-Ahram Weekly.

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