Egypt

History

Egypt made its first Summer Olympic appearance in 1912 and has participated in almost all subsequent games. The nation missed the 1932 Olympics and joined the United States led boycott of the 1980 games. They also joined the African boycott of the 1976 Olympics though only after some athletes have already competed. Egypt also competed with Syria as the United Arab Republic in 1960 and alone in 1964 and 1968 and then changed its name back to Egypt. The nation sends a large delegation to compete with over 80 athletes participating at each Olympics since 1996. As one of the powerhouses in Africa, Egypt competes in a variety of sports, including boxing, fencing, shooting, weightlifting and wrestling.

Egypt won its first medal in 1928 and in total has won 30 medals across 7 sports with the most successful sports being weightlifting (12), wrestling (7) and boxing (4). They have won at least one medal since 2004. The most successful Egyptian athletes include wrestler Karam Gaber, weightlifter Ibrahim Shams and diver Farid Simaika whom all won two medals each. Gaber won gold in men’s Greco-Roman -96kg (2004) and silver in men’s Greco-Roman -84kg (2012). Shams won bronze in 1936 in the men’s -60kg event and gold twelve years later in 1948 in the men’s -67.5kg event. Simaika won his medals at the 1928 Olympics with silver in men’s 10m platform and bronze in men’s 3m springboard.

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