Tuesday 29 of November, 2022
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Egyptian Athlete Bassant Hemida Wins 100m Gold at Mediterranean Games

Bassant Hemida has become the first Egyptian to ever win gold in the 100m sprint in the Mediterranean Games.

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Athlete Bassant Hemida has just made history at the 2022 Mediterranean Games in Oran, Algeria, becoming the first Egyptian to ever win gold in the 100m sprint.

Hemida raced to the finish line in a time of 11 seconds and 10 milliseconds as Algerian crowds chanted “Egypt, Egypt” in an emotional show of support.

The victory for Hemida was especially sweet given the tumultuous events of 2021 that saw her pull out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a serious training injury just days before she was due to travel to Japan. At the time a devastated yet clearly determined Hemida posted on social media saying, “I completely believe that it is the beginning of my sports career.”

Hemida currently holds the national Egyptian record for the 100m and 200m sprint and won two medals at the 2019 African Games. With her victory in Algeria she’s clearly back on the right track.

Egypt has achieved 27 medals so far in the Mediterranean Games: six gold, six silver and 15 bronze. The games are ongoing until July 6th.