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They go to conquer
Published in Al-Ahram Weekly on 16 - 09 - 2004

Egypt's Paralympians head for Athens expecting to do as well as any time before -- which is not bad at all. A look at some of the medal hopefuls
MEN'S WEIGHTLIFTING
Mandi Ahmed Abdel-Azim
Weight: 48kg
Past Achievements: first participation
Expectations: Bronze medal
Osama Abdel-Moneim
Weight: 52kg
Past Achievements: Silver medal at the 2000 Sydney Paralympics
Gold medal at the 2003 World Championships in Malaysia
Ahmed Gomaa
Weight: 56kg
Best Achievements: Gold medal in Sydney 2000 and a new Paralympic and world record, gold medal in 1996 Atlanta Games, gold medal and world record in 1992 Barcelona Games
Expectations: Gold medal and a Paralympic record
Shaban Yehia
Weight: 60kg
Best Achievements: Bronze medal in Sydney 2000, gold medal in All-Africa Games, Abuja
Expectations: Silver medal
Metwalli Mathana
Weight: 67kg
Best Achievements: Gold and new Paralympic and world record in Sydney 2000, gold medal in All-Africa Games, Abuja, gold medal in World Championships in Malaysia 2003, silver in Atlanta
Expectations: Gold medal and a world record
El-Sayed Abdel-Aal
Weight: 75kg
Best Achievements: Gold medal in All-Africa Games, Abuja
Expectations: Silver medal
Mustafa Fadloon
Weight: 82kg
Best Achievements: Silver in Atlanta
Expectations: Silver medal
Abdel-Moneim Salah
Weight: 90kg
Best Achievements: Gold medal in All-Africa Games, Abuja, gold medal in World Championships, Malaysia 2003, bronze in Atlanta
Expectations: Gold medal
Mohamed Abdel-Hakem
Weight: 100kg
Best Achievements: First appearance
Expectations: Silver medal
WOMEN'S WEIGHTLIFTING
Gihan Ghareib
Weight: 44kg
Best Achievements: Gold medal in World Championships, Malaysia 2003
Expectations: Gold medal
Abeer Ibrahim
Weight: 52kg
Best Achievements: Bronze medal
Expectations: Bronze medal
Fatma Omar
Weight: 56 kg
Best Achievements: Gold medal in World Championships, Malaysia 2003 and gold medal in All-Africa Games, Abuja
Expectations: Gold medal
Amani Ibrahim
Weight: 60kg
Best Achievements: First appearance
Expectations: Silver medal
Heba Saeed
Weight: 67kg
Best Achievements: Gold medal in World Championships, Malaysia 2003 and gold in All-Africa Games, Abuja
Expectations: Gold medal
Hend Abdel-Ati
Weight: 82.5kg
Best Achievements: Silver in World Championships, Malaysia 2003
Expectations: Silver medal
Faten Hegazi
Weight: Over 82.5kg
Best Achievements: Gold in World Championships, Malaysia 2003
Expectations: Gold medal
TRACK AND FIELD
Hani Sayed
Best Achievements: Silver in Sydney 2000, gold in World Championship in France, two silver in Atlanta in shotput and discus, gold in Barcelona in shotput
Expectations: Two silver in shotput and discus
Mahmoud Ramadan
Best Achievements: World And Paralympic record holder in Sydney 2000 in shotput and javelin
Expectations: Gold in javelin and shotput
Ibrahim Ramadan
Best Achievements: Gold in Sydney 2000, silver in World Championship and gold medal in All-Africa Games, Abuja
Expectations: Gold in shotput
Hossameddin Mohamed
Best Achievements: Bronze in discus in Sydney 2000 and Atlanta 1996
Expectations: Bronze in discus and shotput
Karima Zaki
Best Achievements: Bronze in Sydney 2000, gold in World Championship 2004 France, and gold in discus in Atlanta 1996
Expectations: Gold in discus
Shaimaa Sami
Best Achievements: Gold medallists in All-Africa Games, Abuja Expectations: Gold in discus
Aziza El-Sayed
Best Achievements: Bronze in javelin, World Championships, France
Expectations: Bronze in javelin
Mustafa Mahmoud
Best Achievements: World record holder and gold medallist in World Championships, France
Expectations: Gold in shotput and discus
El-Sayed Moussa
Best Achievements: Bronze in Sydney 2000
Expectations: Bronze in javelin
Motawa Abdel-Baqi
Best Achievements: Bronze in Sydney 2000, gold in All-Africa Games, Abuja, and World Championships
Expectations: Silver in discus and shotput
Mohamed El-Sayed
Best Achievements: Bronze medal in All-Africa Games, Abuja
Expectations: Bronze in discus
Hussein El-Sayed
Best Achievements: Silver medal in Sydney 2000
Expectations: Silver medal in javelin
Mohamed Rushdi
Best Achievements: Silver medal in All-Africa Games, Abuja
Expectations: Silver in shotput
Mahmoud Mahmoud
Best Achievements: Silver medal in All-Africa Games, Abuja
Expectations: Silver in discus
MEN'S SITTING VOLLEYBALL
Competitors: 12
The team took fourth place in Sydney 2000 in its debut appearance. Participants are Tarek Hassan, Ashraf Zaghloul, Hesham Salah, Abdel-Nabi Hosni, Abdel-Aal Mohamed, Hossam Masoud, Tamer Wegan, Yasser Mahmoud, Salah Attallah, Rezk Salama, Mohamed Emara, and Mohamed El-Hennawi
TABLE TENNIS
This is Egypt's first appearance in the sport. Participants are Ali Nasr, Sami Eid and Farag Fouad. The players will participate in both single and doubles events.


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