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EgyptEgypt, EGY


Further Personal Information

Date of birth
18 January 1995
173 cm
United States
Arabic, English, French
Higher education
Advertising, Marketing, Media Studies - University of California Berkeley: United States

Sport Specific Information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age four, and at age eight she joined El Gezira Sporting Club in Cairo, Egypt.
Why this sport?
"I started to fall in love with swimming right from the beginning. Just being in the water makes me feel really good. In the beginning, it started as just learning how to swim, but then trainers kept nagging my parents about making me participate in age-group swimming. They saw potential in me, and wanted me to take part in championships."
Club / Team
Pinnacle Swimming: United States
Name of coach
Sergio Lopez Miro [personal], ESP, from 2018
Training Regime
She trains with the post-graduate group at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University [Virginia Tech] in Blacksburg, VA, United States of America.

International Debut

Competing for
Cairo, EGY

General Interest

The Golden Fish (swimswam, 15 Nov 2018)
Travelling, shopping, fashion designing, kickboxing. (Facebook page, 26 Jun 2018;, 24 Jan 2018)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning bronze in the 50m butterfly at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. (, 30 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her family and coach Teri McKeever. (, 01 Sep 2018; Athlete, 01 Aug 2016;, 30 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Natalie Coughlin, Swiss tennis player Roger Federer. (, 01 Sep 2018; Athlete, 01 Aug 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never a failure, always a lesson." (Twitter profile, 30 Jun 2018)
Awards and honours
In 2018 a swimming pool complex in Cairo, Egypt, was named after her by the Egyptian Ministry for Youth and Sports. (, 31 Mar 2018; Instagram profile, 31 Mar 2018)

She was named Best African Female Athlete of 2017 by the Association of National Olympic Committees. (, 24 Jun 2018)

She was awarded the Mohamed Bin Rashed Al Maktoum Creative Sport Award for Distinguished Athlete Achievement in Sport in 2017. (Facebook page, 27 Nov 2017;, 27 Nov 2017)

She was the female recipient of the Tom Hansen Medal for the 2016/17 season at the University of California Berkeley in the United States of America. (, 06 Jul 2017)

In 2016 she was named Most Outstanding Swimmer at the University of California Berkeley. (, 27 Jun 2017)
She became the first Egyptian swimmer to win a medal at the world championships when she claimed bronze in the 50m butterfly at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. "It is not only a historic moment for me but also for Egyptian, Arab and African women in general." (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Nov 2018;, 30 Jul 2017;, 30 Jul 2017;, 03 Nov 2017)
To win a medal at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 24 Jan 2018)
Other information
She was born in the United States of America while her parents were attending dental school in Indiana. The family moved to Cairo, Egypt, not long after her birth. (, 23 Feb 2015)

In 2018 she signed a deal with a property developer to put her name to a swimming academy based in New Cairo, to the east of the Egyptian capital. "[This deal is a] collaboration giving birth to my first branded swimming academy that will stand as an incubator to unique talents, and get more Egyptians on the global swimming stage." (Twitter profile 17 Jul 2018;, 29 Jul 2018)