Egyptian Swimmer, Omar Hegazy, Inspired The World In The UK Great North Swim
By Nada Hamouda
Egyptian swimmer, Omar Hegazy, completed five km distance, with a time of two hours and 17 minutes, in the UK’s biggest open-water swimming event, the Great North Swim. With more than 10.000 participators, the event took place in the Lake District National Park on Friday 8th of June.
Hegazy dedicated his swim race to the Egyptian football national team playing in the World Cup 2018. The 27-year-old swimmer lost a leg in a motorbike accident three years ago. However, in 2017, he became the first amputee to swim the 20km between Jordan and Egypt.
The British Ambassador in Egypt, John Casson, congratulated the swimmer sending him an encouraging message on Twitter.
You’re an inspiration for us all @omarhegazii. It was an honour to have you in the Great North Swim & you said it right: “Disabled people don’t live in a different world, they can compete with others and sometimes beat them.” pic.twitter.com/7NNwSlYgpq
— British Amb in Egypt (@FCOJohnCasson) June 11, 2018