El Zeiny Wins Egyptian National Title

Three-time Olympian Sherine El Zeiny, who lives and trains in the Netherlands but represents Egypt internationally, won the Egyptian national all-around title in Cairo this week while also posting scores in the top three on all four events.

El Zeiny, 26, was Egypt’s first Olympic competitor in 2008, and after making two repeat appearances in 2012 and 2016, she’s on a mission to go straight toward 2020. El Zeiny had solid performances across the board at nationals, posting a 51.132 all-around while also winning the bars title with a 12.566 and showing a good beam set for a 12.8.

Two first-year seniors rounded out the all-around podium, with Farah Salem winning the silver with a 49.433 while Farah Hussein won the bronze with a 49.364. Both have the potential to stand out as top gymnasts for Egypt going forward this quad, especially as Egypt hopes to qualify a full team to the 2019 world championships.

In addition to their all-around medals, Salem won the gold medals on beam and floor with scores of 12.833 and 12.2, respectively, while Hussein won the silver medals on vault with a 13.766 for her strong FTY and on bars with a 12.166.

Rounding out the top eight was Rahaf Armia Zakaria in fourth with a 47.899, Hana Kassem in fifth with a 46.799, world championships team veteran Nancy Mohamed Taman in sixth with a 46.655 (she also won the vault title with a 14.166), Mai Ahmed Saad in seventh with a 46.399, and Rowan Hazem Wageeh in eighth with a 46.398.

Samaa Gohar won the junior title with a 48.766 after especially strong performances on bars and beam, where she nabbed the gold medals on both. Alia Mostafa was the silver medalist with a 46.765 after great work on vault and floor, while Mehra Mohamed took the bronze with a 46.132 thanks to solid scores on vault and beam.

Sally Abouelenin was fourth with a 45.998 and won the beam and floor titles with scores of 12.4 and 12.366, respectively, though a rough performance on bars kept her from the podium — and probably the all-around gold as well. Zeina Ibrahim was fifth with a 45.965, Malak Al-Badawi was sixth with a 45.199, Noor Khalid Fathy El Mahdawy was seventh with a 44.899, and Salma Melige was eighth with a 43.099.

Full results from the competition are available here.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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