Personal Information

Residence Cairo, EGY

Occupation Athlete

Languages Arabic, English, French

Higher education Engineering - Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport: Alexandria, EGY

License number 25111990000


Zone Championships8-311
Casablanca (MOROCCO), 2008-04-26Alger (ALGERIA), 2007-07-12
Dakar (SENEGAL), 2009-08-06Tunis (TUNISIA), 2010-09-25
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2011-07-21Le Caire (EGYPT), 2014-06-20
Casablanca (MOROCCO), 2012-04-20
Alger (ALGERIA), 2016-04-15
Le Caire (EGYPT), 2017-06-08
Tunis (TUNISIA), 2018-06-05
Bamako (MALI), 2019-06-24
Grand Prix-112
La Havane (CUBA), 2016-03-11St-Petersbourg (RUSSIA), 2011-06-03
Olympic Games-1-1
Londres (GREAT BRITAIN), 2012-07-31
Brazaville (CONGO), 2015-09-02
Barcelone (SPAIN), 2018-02-24

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? At age eight he stopped playing other sports to pursue fencing at the Al-Selah Al-Sakandry club in Alexandria, Egypt.

Why this sport? He did not like the combat aspect of karate and felt swimming was too difficult. He loved fencing. "It's a sport that depends on intelligence and technique, not only on force."

Club / Team Sharjah Sports Club: United Arab Emirates

Name of coach Maher Hamza [national]; Valerio Aspromonte [personal], ITA

Handedness Left

General Interest

Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver in individual foil at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (FIE Fencing YouTube channel, 14 Oct 2020)

Injuries He injured his left shoulder in the first period of the final at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, which meant he required a medical break of 10 minutes. He ended up winning the silver medal. (ahram.org.eg, 01 Aug 2012; egypttoday.com, 01 Aug 2012)

Awards and honours In January 2013 he was given the Emerging Athlete award at the Creative Sports Awards. (sport360.com, 07 Jan 2013)

He has been presented with the First Class Sports Medal in Egypt. (alaaeldinabouelkassem.com, 15 Sep 2019)

Milestones He became the first fencer representing an African nation to win a medal at the Olympic Games when he claimed silver in individual foil at the 2012 Games in London. (SportsDeskOnline, 13 Jun 2019; aubervilliers.fr, 05 Jan 2015)

Ambitions To win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (FIE Fencing YouTube channel, 14 Oct 2020)

Other information OTHER ACTIVITIES
He has served as a member of the International Fencing Federation [FIE] athletes' commission. (fie.org, 07 Oct 2017)

Born in Setif, Algeria, to an Egyptian father and an Algerian mother, he moved to Egypt at age four. (Facebook page, 07 Jun 2019)


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