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Hedaya Malak is the first Egyptian medalist in Tokyo Olympics

Mon 26 July 2021 | 20:55

Hedaya Malak has won Egypt’s first medal in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in women’s 67kg Taekwondo.

Hedaya Malak

overcame an ankle injury and reached the

Olympics

in February 2020 by winning the qualification tournament in Rabat. She has also won one of her country’s three medals in the 2016 Rio Olympic games, and the other two were weightlifters Sara Ahmed and Mohamed Ihab, and all of them had won Bronze medals.

In her opening match in the Tokyo Olympics, Malak defeated Nigora Tursunkulova from Uzbekistan 11-9 in the round of 16, and then she was defeated by United Kingdom’s Lauren Williams in the quarter-finals.

After her defeat, she gained a chance for a bronze medal in the repechage round, and there she defeated Malia Paseka from Malia 19-0 and reached for the third-place contest match where she faced USA’s Paige McPherson in her last game. The Egyptian champion defeated her last opponent with an impressive performance in a game that ended 17-6, giving Egyptians their first medal in the Tokyo Olympics.

It is Malak’s second Olympic medal after her bronze medal in the Rio de Janeiro Games, and now she has won the second one at the age of 28.


source: SportMob