Africa: Three Records, Historic Egyptian Medal For Osman On Day 7

2017 FINA WORLD SWIMMING CHAMPIONSHIPS

Farida Osman became Egypt’s first World Championships medalist in short or long course, taking third in the 50 fly.

That’s a big breakthrough for Egypt, which has been performing well all week but has been burned badly by 9th and 17th places. (We covered that in more detail yesterday). But Osman, the first to get stung with a 17th-place finish in the 100 fly on day 1, persevered to take home bronze in the 50, breaking the Egyptian and African records in all three of her qualifying swims. She went 25.74 in heats, 25.73 in semis and then blasted a 25.39 tonight to beat out American Kelsi Worrell for bronze.

That tracks as the third medal for the continent of Africa at the 2017 World Championships, joining two South African medalists. Osman also swam the 50 free semifinals, breaking African and Egyptian records with a 24.62. But once again, she came up just short of the final, taking 9th place. That’s the third time an Egyptian has taken 9th so far this meet, along with two 17th places and an 18th.

AFRICAN RECAP

NATIONAL RECORDS, DAY 7

  • African & Egyptian record – Farida Osman – women’s 50 fly – 25.39
  • African & Egyptian record – Farida Osman – women’s 50 free – 24.78 (heats) & 24.62 (semifinals)
  • Beninese record – Ablam Awoussou – men’s 50 back – 34.47
  • Beninese record – Nafissath Radji – women’s 50 free – 32.53
  • Burkinabe record (Burkina Faso) – Angeliga Ouedraogo – women’s 50 free – 29.38
  • Burundian record – Billy-Scott Irakose – men’s 50 back – 33.14
  • Central African Republic record – Chloe Savourel – women’s 50 free – 35.04
  • Ghanaian record (Ghana) – Laila Zangwio – women’s 50 breast – 42.03
  • Malagasy record (Madagascar) – Rasolonjatovo/Andrianirina/Razafy/Raharvel – mixed 4×100 free relay – 3:59.39
  • Malagasy record (Madagascar) – Hantan Raharvel – women’s 50 free – 28.84
  • Nigerien record (Niger) – Roukaya Mahamane – women’s 50 breast – 46.49
  • Seychellois record (Seychelles) – Hoffman/Laird/Moncherry/Passon – mixed 4×100 freerelay – 3:52.27
  • South African record – Erasmus/Waddell/Gallagher/Chelius – mixed 4×100 free relay – 3:31.38
  • Togolese record – Adzo Kpossi – women’s 50 free – 32.26
  • Zambian record – Tilka Paljk – women’s 50 breast – 32.72

DAY 7 CUMULATIVE MEDALS/FINALISTS – AFRICA

Total Gold Silver Bronze
South Africa 2 1 0 1
Egypt 1 0 0 1
Total 3 1 0 2

Finalists:

  • Chad le Clos (South Africa) – Gold – 200 fly
  • Cameron van der Burgh (South Africa) – bronze – 50 breast
  • Farida Osman (Egypt) – bronze – 50 fly

Semifinalists:

  • Farida Osman (Egypt) – 9th place – 50 free
  • Oussama Sahnoune (Algeria) – 9th place – 100 free
  • Myles Brown (South Africa) – 14th – 200 free
  • Marwan el-Kamash (Egypt) – 16th – 200 free
  • Chad le Clos (South Africa) – 12th – 100 fly

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Jared Anderson just can’t stay away from the pool. A competitive career of almost two decades wasn’t enough for this Minnesotan, who continues to get his daily chlorine fix. A lifelong lover of writing, Jared now combines the two passions as Senior Reporter for SwimSwam.com, covering swimming at every level. He’s an …

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