Tuesday, August 7, 2012

LONDON 2012: Day 10: Olympic heroes of the day - Karam Gaber, Habiba Ghribi, Fehaid Al Deehani, Saudi equestrian team

Egyptian wrestler Karam Gaber proved Egyptians are no one-hit wonders when he fought his way to the silver medal in the 84kg Greco-Roman to become the third Egyptian and first since 1948 to win multiple medals at the Olympics. Since he won the gold in Athens 2004 Gaber had faced many problems, some were of his doing and some were not. He finished a disappointing 12th in Beijing and he wanted to retire saying "El reyada fi masr w khosoosan fel al3ab el fardeya mabet2akilsh 3eish". He said he was neglected from our Wrestling Federation and he says after his family and friends pressured him to compete in London he realized it's the best way to silence his critics. And indeed he came back, 12 kg lighter but just as powerful, to earn Egypt its second silver medal of London 2012. You could tell from his reaction on the podium that he really wanted gold and that the silver is not enough for him. He really has the heart of a champion.

Tunisia's Habiba Ghribi made history for her country and proved her silver medal in the World Championships in Daegu was no fluke when she won the silver in the 3000m steeplechase to become the first female Olympian to win a medal for Tunisia. She ran a great race, pushing the Russian winner Yuliya Zaripova as much as she could and ended up recording a national record of 9:08.37.

Kuwait's Fehaid Al Deehani got over his bronze shootoff heartbreak in the double trap shooting competition a few days ago by prevailing in his shootoff with two-time Olympic champion Michael Diamond to win the bronze medal in the trap competition. Instead of being discouraged from his near-miss in double trap, he stepped up and insisted on winning a medal in London. This is his second Olympic medal having won the double trap bronze in Sydney 2000.

Saudi Arabia's equestrian team clinched the bronze in the team jumping competition headlined by HRH Prince Abdullah Al Saoud, Kamal Bahamdan, Abdullah Al Sharbatli & Ramzy Al Duhami. The Saudis were ranked No1 after the first day of qualifying but even though they slipped to third, they were still ahead of heavyweights like US and Switzerland. The Saudi team had several setbacks before the Olympics first when Sharbatli & Khaled Al Eid got a suspension that was later overturned by the Court of Arbitration and then when Al Eid's horse got ill which ruled out the former bronze medalist from competing. But still they managed to win their first medal as a team to justify the multi-million investment done by the country in the sport.

1 comment:

Hostpph said...

I think that it is impressive that he is the first Egyptian to make it true. I hope that it is an example for the rest of them.