Last week, the ANOC Awards 2017 took place at the Forum Karlin in Prague, Czech Republic, to celebrate the best male and female athletes of all five continents for their exceptional sporting achievements throughout the year. And guess what, Egyptian swimmer Farida Osman was named the best female athlete from Africa.
Osman gave a heartwarming speech after she had received her award: “To be presented with this award in the company of so many inspiring people is a memory that will stay with me forever. 2017 has been a great year for me, especially the historic moment of winning Egypt’s first ever medal at the FINA World Championships. I am extremely proud to have set a new African 50m butterfly record when I won the bronze medal in Budapest, and I am determined to continue to work hard, improve, and become an inspiration for future athletes.”
The Egyptian heroine is breaking stereotypes and reaching new heights of success on a regional and international level. Winning a bronze medal in the biggest aquatic championship is one thing, and being recognized by the Association of National Olympic Committee as the best athlete in Africa is taking it to a whole different level!