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Aya-Medany 240x195BWAs we all know, the Olympic Games is the biggest dream for all the athletes. This week, the Olympic qualification train for modern pentathlon stopped in his third station; the 2011 African Championship which was held at Alexandria, Egypt from 22 to 24 July. This championship is the most important gateway to the Olympics for the Egyptians, and is a major event for all African Pentathletes as it offers one priceless Olympic Qualification position to the Men’s and Women’s Champions. So let's know who's dream came true?

Egyptian modern pentathlon has succeeded to booked two seats for the next Olympic Games; London 2012 Olympics by winning the first place at the African qualifying championship, which ended today with the participation of South Africa, Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal, in addition to Egypt, the host country.

In the women's final, Aya Medany (EGY) won her fifth African titles 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 and finally 2011 by scoring 5072 points to qualify for the Olympic games for the third time, Aya now does not to wait for another chance to qualify.

Medany managed 1st place in all the events event expect for the combined event which was won by the forth place Lamia Fathy, the second place was the Egyptian Reem ElSayed with 4300 points, while the third place went to the South African Karina Gerber the only non Egyptian at the podium in the whole championship.

In the men's final, the competition was harder than the women, and it was confined between the Egyptians pentathletes, the competition went neck by neck till the final event. Finally Yasser Henfy (EGY) crossed the finishing line 1st to fulfill his Olympic dream. Hefny started very well by winning the fencing with 1064 points and 22 victories, in the swimming Amro El Gezairy was the fastest in the pool with 1:58.10 which give him a lead after two event with 2352 points. The surprise came in the riding event when Jon Paul Raper won the riding with 1160 points while Amro charged his lead with 1120 points, to start first in the combined event with just 2 second over his brother Omar, while Mostafa Nofal started third with 26 seconds, and finally Hefny who was in the fourth place after the poor riding of 1016 points and 33 seconds behind Amro.

The two times Youth A world champion Hefny didn't let the chance go by and clocked the fastest time in the combined event 10:39.00 and total points of 5785 while Omar El Gezairy finish second with 5700 points and his brother Amro in the third with 5652 points.

After that, Yasser Hefny added that this competition was very hard to compete with his teammates and also expressed his happiness for the honor of his qualifying to the Olympics for the first time.

On the other side, in a good step from the African federation to make the sport rise in the African continent, there were the Youth A African Championship which was held in Cairo in 22 July, the day before the senior championship, with participation of Cote d'Ivoire and Senegal the new faces in the modern pentathlon in addition to South Africa and the host country Egypt.

The Egyptian modern pentathlon succeeded to win all the medals in the Youth A, while Anas Abdel-Salam won gold with 4660 points, and Ahmed El Sewedy won the silver with 4348 points while Mohamed Walid won the bronze medal with 4200 points. Anas which lead from the first with an impressive fencing of 1132 points, didn't face any problem winning the title.

In the girls, there were many ups and downs, while Fatma El Midany the sister of the 2009 Youth A world championship silver medalist Jihan Elmidany, fell into six place after she have won the first two event but her poor time at the combined event didn't help her, so the gold went to 16th place in the 2011 Youth B European championship Reem Yacout with 3788 points,

"I am very happy to be in that postion and I thank C. Amro El Sayed and C. Mohamed Hossam that they traind me and helped me to be in that postion and I wish to be always in that place" Reem said, the silver medal went to the only 12 years old Haidy Adel which was came from behind from 9th place, she also was the winner of the combined event with time of 12:35.00, and finally the bronze medal went to Sarah Ahmed with 3636 points.

Mr. Sameh Guemeih President of the African Confederation of Modern Pentathlon and UIPM Executive Board member attended the competition in Cairo and Alexandria.

 
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Aya Medany (Pentathlon)

Ahram Online, Sunday 15 Jul 2012

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Egyptian modern pentathlon athlete Aya Medany will be hoping to finally win an Olympic medal in her third attempt.

The 24-year-old, one of Egypt’s most high-profile athletes, finished 28th in her first Olympic appearance eight years ago in Athens, quite an achievement for a player who was only 15 years - the youngest member in the Egyptian delegation back then.

In 2008, few months after she finished as runner-up in the Senior World Championship in Hungarian capital Budapest for her best ever achievement at a senior level, Medany was deemed favourite to win a medal but eventually cut a forlorn figure after finishing eighth in the Beijing Games.

Medany qualified for the London Games after winning the African Championship in Alexandria in July 2011. She is expected to face a stiff competition in London, however, given that her recent run form has been somewhat disappointing.

She appeared out of form after suffering an injury during the World Cup in Argentina in April, failing to win any title in 2012.

Medany could only finish in the 12th place in May’s World Championship in Italy. A fourth-place finish at the World Cup in Brazil was her best result this year.

''Aya picked up an injury during the World Cup in Brazil, which affected her performance. But she is recovering now and she will be fit for the Olympics games,'' Egypt's coach Walid El-Sayed told Al-Ahram.

Medany will be eager to finally deliver when she takes part in the London Games, shouldering Egyptian hopes of clinching a medal.

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AyaMedanyModernPentathlonWorldChampionshipsgt6-LnIvQrxlAya is one of Egypt’s most high-profile athletes. In 2006, she became the first female in the history of the modern pentathlon to have won the Youth World Championships three times. Confident and dedicated, Aya is representing Egypt in the Olympics for a third time, and she is on a quest to beat the 8th position finish she achieved at the 2008 Games in Beijing.
Introduced to pentathlon aged 11 through a competition at her local swimming club, Aya took up lessons in the additional four disciplines that make up the modern pentathlon. Her coaches recognised Aya’s talent from a young age and she stuck to the tough training regime, determined to represent her country one day in the sport she loved.

Aya first represented her country at the 2002 Youth World Championships in Budapest, finishing in 2nd place with a crowd-pleasing performance. A year later, Aya bettered this result, returning from the 2003 Youth World Championships in Mexico with a gold medal under her belt. Aya’s success at youth level led her to win the Youth World Championships three times. In 2006 she held both the Youth and Junior World Championship titles.

After moving up to senior level, Aya had a very successful year in 2008, finishing with a silver medal in the World Championships and being selected for the Beijing Olympics.

Last year, Aya proved to her competitors that she was still a force to be reckoned with by winning gold at the World Championships in Moscow, putting her in a strong position for London 2012. She sees her five medals in five consecutive years as her biggest success to date. She is determined to carry this through to the London Olympic Games by adding another consecutive medal to the tally.

Aya trains at the Heliopolis and El Shams Club, where she has been based for the past 12 years. When not training or competing, Aya is a teaching assistant at the Arab Academy of Science, Technology and Maritime Transport in Egypt. Fluent in English, Aya graduated from university with honours and is currently studying for a Master’s degree in International Trade.

Aya’s greatest supporters are her family, who enjoy watching her compete at every possible opportunity.

 
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camp in ColoradoAya Medany Egypt joined athletes from around the world (Russian, Ukrainian, Latvian, Egyptian, Czech, and American ). They have gathered in Colorado Springs for a worldwide winter training camp. The US Olympic Training Center (USOTC) serves as the host of this twice-yearly gathering of athletes from the pentathlon community.
The USOTC boasts some of the best altitude training facilities in the world. A ten lane 50 meter pool, one of the largest shooting facilities in the world, a new ten strip fencing gymnasium, and a twelve point dedicated laser shooting range. On-site medical, food, and cross training facilities as well as off-site trail running make this a Mecca for pentathletes from around the world every year.
The Egyptian team has been trickling in over the past few days. With unrest at home, the Egyptian athletes are enjoying the opportunity to train with their pentathlon colleagues from around the world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
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Disappointment for Aya Medany of Egypt as a recurring leg muscle injury forces her to pull midway through the fencing at the 2011 World Cup Final.

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