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Powerlifter Fatma Omar Wins Egypt its Fourth Medal at the Tokyo Paralympics

Fatma Omar at the 2012 London Paralympics. Photo: Getty

Fatma Omar has won Egypt its fourth medal at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. She competed in the Women’s -67kg powerlifting event and raised 120 kg, winning a silver medal, just behind Yujiao Tan (133kg). This makes it the fourth silver medal won overall this year for Egypt and the sixth Paralympic medal overall for Omar.

She has previously won four gold medals consecutively between the years of 2000 and 2012 in Sydney, Athens, Beijing, and London respectively, and a silver medal during the Rio 2016 Paralympics, and has a career-wide total of 15 medals at World Championships. She is the first female Egyptian para-athlete who is a four-time gold medalist at the Paralympics. With her latest win, she is a Paralympic record holder with six medals in total.

The powerlifter made her debut at the IPC Powerlifting World Championships 1998 in Dubai and subsequently won the gold medal in the 44kg category. The four-time gold medalist also holds the record for the highest number of gold medals won along with Fu Taoying.

Omar has led Egypt’s winning streak in powerlifting accompanied by Mahmoud Attia (Men’s – Silver), Mohamed Elefat (Men’s – Bronze), Rehab Ahmed (Women’s – Silver), and Sherif Osman (Men’s – Silver). Egypt’s appearance at the opening ceremony was also led by Fatma Omar bearing the country’s flag. A total of 49 athletes represent Egypt at the Paralympics across various sports such as swimming, table tennis, badminton, athletics, and many more.

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