Tokyo.. Two Egyptian wrestlers topple the silver holder of Rio and the European champion
The Egyptian players starred in the Al-Hussam duel in the Olympic Games currently taking place in Tokyo, and two players qualified for the round of sixteen, while a third Egyptian player and two others from Tunisia and Algeria lost.
The Egyptian Mohamed Amer, the silver medalist of the Rio 2016 Olympics, overthrew the American Daryl Homer in the hussam fencing in the 32nd round of the Tokyo Olympics.
The 23-year-old came back from a 9-3 downturn to win an impressive 15-11 to set up a meeting in the round of 16 later on Saturday with South Korea’s 2019 world champion Sanguk Oh.
His compatriot Ziad El-Sisi, ranked 24th in the world, also outperformed the 2019 European champion, the ninth ranked world and the 2013 world champion, the Russian participant under a neutral flag, Veniamin Reshetnikov, according to AFP.
Al-Sisi scored an impressive 15-13 victory over Reshetnikov, to set up a date with Georgian Sandro Bazadze, who knocked out the other Egyptian, Mohab Samer, from the same round, defeating him 15-10.
In the same tournament, Algerian Akram Bonabi lost in the 64th round of the Al-Hassam duel to Japan’s Kaito Straits 15-9, and was joined by Tunisian Fares Ferjani, who was eliminated in the 32nd round against Italian Enrico Peri 15-10, according to AFP.
The 2019 African champion and 2015 world bronze medalist in Moscow, Tunisian Sarah Besbes, also exited from the 32nd round of fencing, after losing to Italian Isola Federica 14-12, knowing that she finished fifth in the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in Brazil in 2016.