Egypt's special athletes are making waves in Beijing, China, where this year's Paralympic Games are being held from September 6 to 17. While Egypt clinched one bronze medal in this year's Beijing Summer Olympics, athletes in the Paralympics are achieving a success like no other. So far the team has won four gold, three silver and four bronze medals.
Ibn Ad Dunya writes:
Medals seem to be like magnets to the Egyptian Power lifting team in the current Paralympics in Beijing. Egypt just collected it´s second gold in the men´s 56 Kg category by Sherif Osman, who broke the world record three times along the way to the Podium, settling for an end result of 202.5 Kg.
This was the second gold after Fatma Omar´s gold yesterday, her third consecutive Paralympics GOLD, after having won in Sydney in 2000 and in Athens four years later.
I’m actually very pleased to hear about another female participant in the power lifting still waiting for her hour of glory (tomorrow hopefully), Rania Alaa Eldin Morshedi has a five-year old son , but still continues to compete on international level. This is something unusual for women in sports in Egypt, they usually drop their career as soon as graduated and got married, in my view they give up their career before having reached their peak, and in fact sometimes not being able to collect the fruit of their hard labor for years and years.
Zeinobia too sums up the total medals achieved so far:
A big salute to our heroes in Beijing Paralympics who raised our heads high with their great performance. Thanks to our heroes we received till now 6 medals: 5 in Power lifting and one in athletics. We got two gold medals, one silver and three bronze.
For detailed information about the medals won by the Egyptian team taking part in the Paralympics, check out the games official website.