Personal Information

Family Husband Abbas Mahmoud, one son

Residence Cairo, EGY

Occupation Athlete

Languages Arabic, English

Higher education International Trade - Nautical and Transportation School, Naval Academy: Cairo Montenotte, ITA

Zone Championships1--1
Tunis (TUNISIA), 2018-06-05

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport? She began fencing at age 14.

Why this sport? "My parents, who are agricultural engineers, encouraged me to play sports and saved money so I could get into a club and try various sports."

Club / Team El Shams Club: Cairo, EGY

Name of coach Sayed Samy [national], EGY

Handedness Right

International Debut

Year 2018

Competing for Egypt

Tournament World Championships

General Interest

Nicknames Hawafrit, Lolo (UIPM, 18 Jul 2012; Athlete, 14 Jul 2003)

Memorable sporting achievement Winning gold at the 2018 African Championships in Tunis, Tunisia. (Athlete, 22 Aug 2018)

Most influential person in career Her father. (UIPM, 18 Jul 2012)

Hero / Idol British modern pentathlete Georgina Harland. (UIPM, 25 Jun 2004)

Injuries She sustained a pelvic injury in 2011. (weekly.ahram.org.eg, 01 Mar 2013)

In 2003 she broke her nose after falling off her horse in Szekesfehervar, Hungary. (Athlete, 14 Jul 2003)

Awards and honours She received the 2014 International Olympic Committee [IOC] Women in Sport Award for Africa. (olympic.org, 09 Dec 2014)

Other sports She represented Egypt in modern pentathlon at the Olympic Games in 2004, 2008 and 2012. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Jul 2018; insidethegames.biz, 05 Jun 2018)

Milestones She became the youngest athlete to compete in modern pentathlon at the Olympic Games, following her participation at the 2004 Games in Athens at age 15 and 281 days. (SportsDeskOnline, 12 Jul 2018; nbcolympics.com, 01 Jul 2008)

Famous relatives Her father Dr Mahmoud Medany was a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which won the 2007 Noble Peace Prize for its work on climate change. (UIPM, 18 Jul 2012)

Ambitions To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (sport.ahram.org.eg, 10 Jul 2018)

Other information RETIREMENT
She retired from modern pentathlon in 2013 before returning to the sport in 2015. She began focusing on fencing in 2017. "I had a baby after I retired. My husband helped me make the decision to return to sport, so I could help young athletes and young women by giving motivational speeches and teaching them about the importance of sport. In my country it is unusual for a married woman with children to compete in sports. Essentially, you are regarded as too old. I chose to fight and change this culture. I teach married women by example, that nothing is impossible for them, even when they have children. I returned to sport after three years of retirement; marriage is not the end of life." (unesco.org, 09 Jul 2018)


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