Tournaments

26 Aug 2019

Success for Egypt in both the men’s and women’s team events two days earlier in the table tennis events at the 2019 African Games in Rabat, Morocco; on Sunday 25th August a third gold medal was added to the collection.

Omar Assar and Dina Meshref, who had remained unbeaten during the team events, combined to win the mixed doubles title.

by Ian Marshall, Editor

After recording a quarter-final success against Tunisia’s Adam Hmam and Safa Saidani (7-11, 11-3, 11-8, 11-7) they accounted for colleagues to secure the title.

At the semi-final stage they overcame Mohamed El-Beialy and Reem El-Eraky (11-9, 11-7, 9-11, 11-5), prior to reserving the top step of the podium courtesy of success in opposition to Ahmed Ali Saleh and Farah Abdel-Aziz (12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7).

Notably, in the opposite half of the draw, Ahmed Ali Saleh and Farah Abdel-Aziz had ended Nigerian hopes. In the round of the last eight they beat Olajide Omotayo and Cecilia Akpan (11-3, 14-12, 11-0), before securing their place in the final by ousting Bode Abiodun and Offiong Edem (12-10, 7-11, 11-9, 11-7).

Both Mohamed El-Beialy and Reem El-Eraky alongside Ahmed Ali Saleh and Farah Abdel-Aziz received bronze medals.

Gold and silver for Egypt; it was a noticeable improvement on four years ago when the African Games had been staged in Congo Brazzaville; on that occasion both pairs had been required to settle for bronze.
At the semi-final stage, Omar Assar and Dina Meshref lost to the host nation’s Wang Jianan and Li Yuheng (11-9, 16-11, 13-11); in the opposite half of the draw Ahmed Ali Saleh and Farah Abdel-Aziz experienced defeat at the hands of Nigeria’s Ojo Onaolapo and Olufunke Oshonaike (11-8, 6-11, 11-5, 11-3).

Wang Jianan and Li Yuheng progressed to secure the title; in the final recording a straight games win (11-2, 11-6, 14-12); four years later it was a very different story, Egypt ruled supreme.

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