Africa: El-Kamash Hits 2nd Egyptian Record In As Many Days


Marwan el-Kamash has Egypt in unfamiliar territory as the most successful African nation at the 2017 World Championships.

That title has typically belonged to South Africa, a nation not always deep, but usually boasting a handful of medal contenders and finalists and occasionally a stellar relay or two. But a pair of key scratches from South Africa’s top two swimmers (Cameron van der Burgh in yesterday’s 100 breast and Chad le Clos in today’s 200 free) have opened the door to Egypt.

El-Kamash has taken advantage, setting new Egyptian records in the 200 and 400 freestyles. He was heartbreakingly 9th in yesterday’s 400 free heats, but today got his shot at a night swim with a tie for 16th in the 200. His potential swim-off opponent, Austria’s Felix Aubock, elected to defer the spot to El-Kamash, preventing a swim-off and making El-Kamash one of Africa’s first semifinalists of the 2017 World Champs.

His partner in that role was South Africa’s Myles Brownwho was 13th out of heats. In semis, Brown was 14th and El-Kamash 16th, so Africa is still waiting for its first finalist of the meet. The wait won’t be long, though, as 2012 Olympic champ le Clos is set to swim the 200 fly tomorrow morning.

Today, El-Kamash was 1:47.40 in the 200 free, breaking his own former national record of 1:47.52 from Rio. He was a hundredth off breaking it again in semifinals, going 1:47.41. Yesterday, he went 3:46.36 in the 400, chopping a second off his 3:47.43 record, also from Rio.

Day 2 Records – Africa

Though we can’t say for certain that we caught every record (and though many nations don’t have well-maintained databases of their official national records), here’s a look at all the national records we found in day 1’s prelims and finals sessions. If you find one we missed, let us know and we’ll work to verify it.

  • Elodie Marion Razafy, Madagascar – women’s 100 back – 1:07.49
  • Robyn Young, Swaziland – women’s 100 back – 1:16.34
  • Ronan Wantenaar, Namibia – men’s 100 back – 58.91
  • Tilka Paljk, Zambia – women’s 100 breast – 1:12.65
  • Marwan el-Kamash, Egypt – men’s 200 free – 1:47.40
  • Igor Mogne, Mozambique – men’s 200 free – 1:51.48
  • Mathieu Marquet, Mauritius – men’s 200 free – 1:53.18
  • H Rasolonjatovo, Madegascar – men’s 200 free – 2:01.00

Day 2 Medals/Finalists – Africa

Africa is still awaiting its first finalist, but did have two semifinalists on day 2:

  • Semifinalist: Myles Brown, South Africa – 200 free – 14th
  • Semifinalist: Marwan el-Kamash, Egypt – 200 free – 16th

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Jared Anderson swam for nearly twenty years. Then, Jared Anderson stopped swimming and started writing about swimming. He's not sick of swimming yet. Swimming might be sick of him, though. Jared was a YMCA and high school swimmer in northern Minnesota, and spent his college years swimming breaststroke and occasionally pretending …

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