Gulf News | An Arab achievement achieved by the Egyptian handball team

Egypt became the first African and Arab team to reach the semi-finals of the handball competition at the Summer Olympics, after Her victory over Germany 31-26 yesterday in the Tokyo Games. And Egypt hit a date in the semi-finals with France, which beat Bahrain 42-28.

Egypt was participating in the quarter-finals for the third time, after a distinguished journey in the first round that witnessed four wins times and losing once against the defending champion and world champion Denmark. And her best result in the Olympics was her sixth place in 1996 in Atlanta, and seventh in 2000 in Sydney. Egypt advanced 6-1 over the three-time world champion, who had deprived the Arabs of the round of four In the last edition in Rio de Janeiro when she beat Qatar 34-22 on her way to the center The third in the Olympic competition, knowing that she won the 1936 title on her home soil. And Germany had a clear advantage in the history of its confrontations with Egypt, where the latter achieved only two wins before achieving an achievement Tuesday and they were in the group stage in Atlanta 1996 and Sydney 2000.

Germany reduced the difference, but Egypt kept a difference of two or three goals and then finished the first half 16-12. The Pharaohs kept a comfortable lead throughout the second half and ended the match 31-26. Record for the winner Ali Zain and Yahya Omar (5), Yahya Al Deraa and Muhammad Sanad (4). Egypt became the second non-European team to reach the semi-finals, after South Korea, the 1988 runner-up on its soil. And the “Warriors Team” bid farewell to the quarter-finals, losing to France 28-42. France will compete in the Yoyogi Hall for its fourth consecutive semi-final, and similar to Beijing 2008, it includes in Its ranks are Nikola Karabatic, Luke Abalo and Michael Gigo. France advanced 21-14 in the first half and doubled the numbers in the second 42-28.

Kentan Mahe was her top scorer with nine goals, and Decca Mim and Nicola Torna each added five . On the other hand, Hussein Al-Sayyad was the most scoring Asian champion with five goals. Bahrain qualified by winning an orphan once in the first round, compared to five losses. Denmark, the defending champion and world champion, emerged as a winner against its neighbor, Norway, and runner-up in the 2019 World Cup, with a score of 31. -25.

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