The Arab delegations for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2021 are hoping for their continental and world champions to win colorful medals. Athletics, in which Arabs often climbed the podiums in its various competitions, seems the closest to achieving the goal.
Arab athletes participating in Olympic Games Tokyo 2021 To enter difficult and highly competitive competitions in the hope of climbing to the podiums in Japan. The “mother of games” (athletics) and combat sports, along with other individual competitions, remain the most likely to enable Arabs to win Olympic medals.
Throughout the history of the Olympic Games, Arabs won 94 medals, including 24 gold, 24 silver and 46 bronze.
The Tokyo session comes in very special health conditions, in light of the continuing spread Corona virus pandemic Which disrupted many continental and international sports competitions. Which makes it more difficult to prepare for the games, but the passion for winning remains the same.
The Arabs have a number of continental and international heroes on whom they rely to raise the flags of their countries in Tokyo. We monitor for you the most prominent candidates for medals.
Athletics… the fastest, highest and strongest
In the mother of the games, which represents the largest number of Arabs in the history of the Olympic Games with 45 medals, Qatari Mutaz Barshim has good chances to win the gold medal in the high jump competition. Barshim, the world champion in the high jump in 2017 and 2019, has the best number of active athletes in this discipline, with a jump of 2.37 metres. Barshim aspires to win gold in Tokyo after being satisfied with silver in Rio de Janeiro.
In the same competition, the Syrian Majd Al-Din Ghazal aspires to win a medal for his country after two previous participations in the Olympic Games.
Algerian runner Taoufik Makhloufi, who won a gold and two silver medals at the London 2012 and Rio de Janeiro Games, hopes to confirm his good form in the recent period to win a new gold in Tokyo in the 800 and 1500 meters races.
Moroccan runner Sofiane Bakkali is a strong candidate for a medal in the 3,000m steeplechase, and he is the silver medalist of the world championships in this race in Doha in 2019.
In recent years, El Bekkali has performed well in the Diamond League after disappointing him in Rio de Janeiro by finishing fourth.
✨ Félicitations Soufiane EL BAKKALI pour avoir réalisé le meilleur chrono mondial de la saison 🥇 sur 3000m steeple avec un chrono de 8:08:54 au Meeting Diamond League de Florence 🇮🇹, troisième étape de cette saison 2021 de la Wanda Diamond League 💎 pic.twitter.com/MuGDSZNcuS
— Fédération Royale Marocaine d’Athlétisme (@frmaofficiel) June 10, 2021
In turn, Qatari runner Abdul Rahman Samba, who won the bronze medal in the last world championships, hopes to climb to the Olympic podium in the 400-meter hurdles, especially after his brilliance in the Diamond League and achieving the second fastest world record in this race in Paris in 2018.
The sports of wrestling, taekwondo, judo and boxing were the pleasant surprise for the Arabs in Rio de Janeiro. Arab athletes participating in these competitions hope to achieve a new achievement.
Egyptian taekwondo player Hedaya Malak, who will carry the flag of her country at the opening ceremony, which has the largest Arab delegation with 134 athletes, seeks a new Olympic medal in Tokyo after winning a bronze in Rio de Janeiro five years ago. Malak won the bronze in the World Taekwondo Championships this year, confirming her ability to compete in Tokyo.
In turn, Tunisian wrestler Marwa El Omari, who won bronze in freestyle wrestling in Rio de Janeiro, hopes to win a new medal for her country in Tokyo.
Tunisian Ines Boubakri, an Olympic bronze medalist in the Rio de Janeiro fencing event, is also counting on achieving at least a similar feat in Tokyo.
In other individual sports, Arabs turn their attention to shooting, swimming and tennis to collect medals.
The UAE is counting on Khamis bin Fetais, who won the skeet shooting competition to win an Olympic medal.
In turn, Kuwait pins its hopes of ascending to the podiums in shooting, in which it won four Olympic medals, representing all that the Gulf state won in the Games.
In this competition, Kuwait will participate with four world-class shooters, as Abdullah Al-Rashidi and Mansour Al-Rashidi appear in the skeet competition, while Talal Al-Rashidi will participate in the dirt competition with Abdul Rahman Al-Fayhan.
As the Tunisian champion in tennis hopes Anas Jaber In confirming her distinguished level at Roland Garros and Wimbledon this summer to enable her country to win an Olympic medal despite the difficulty of the competition.
Tunisia is also counting on Olympic champion Oussama Mellouli, who has three Olympic medals in swimming, including two golds, to win an Olympic medal in the 10 km free-water swimming race.
Due to differences with his country’s swimming federation, Mellouli decided to withdraw from the Olympics and retire internationally before reversing his decision.
In team sports, the Arabs’ hopes depended on the Egyptian handball team, which showed an impressive level during the World Championships held on its soil last winter. And the Egyptian team can win an Olympic medal in the form of submitting to the same level that the world champion, Denmark, fought in a historic match in the World Cup in Egypt.
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