2 Egyptian Weightlifters Dominate the IWF World Championship
Two weightlifters just took Egypt’s name, in this prestigious sport, to a whole new level! Egyptian Mohamed Ihab and Sara Samir are returning home from Anaheim, California with Gold; after dominating the International Weightlifting Federation.
This is the first time for Egypt to win a gold medal in the IWF in 66 years. In a similar manner, Ihab is the first African champion since 1984. He emerged as the winner in the snatch, clean and jerk, and the total results in the men’s 77kg category to make history for Egypt. He won two medals for the snatch, and clean and jerk contests, and one for the overall result.
Ihab, winner of a Bronze medal at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, lifted 165kg in the snatch, and 196kg in the clean and jerk to achieve a total of 361kg. Samir also won the Gold medal in the clean and jerk after lifting 136kg!
The country’s last Gold medal at the World Championship was back in 1951 when the legendary Said Gouda and Ibrahim Shams triumphed in Milan in the 60kg and the 67.5kg contests respectively.