Today at the Olympics: the Mena athletes to watch on day three in Tokyo
UAE judoka Victor Scvortov will be in action on Monday
Seraj Abdulrahim Al Saleem of Saudi Arabia competes during the weightlifting men's 61kg preliminary round at the Tokyo International Forum.
Matthew Kynaston
Jul 25, 2021
Expect more high-octane action on day three of the Tokyo Olympics as athletes fight it out for medals.
The opening two days of the Games saw many incredible performances and some shocking results. Below is a list of athletes from the Mena region who will be competing on Monday.
Badminton (women’s, men’s, mixed doubles and singles)
Musashino Forest Sport Plaza
The group stage play continues today in women’s, men’s singles and doubles.
As luck of the draw would have it, Egypt will be taking on the Netherlands in both the mixed doubles and women’s doubles play, with Doha Hany playing in both matches. Iranian Soraya Aghaeihajiagha’s opens her campaign in the women’s single play while Israel’s Misha Zilberman will be looking to build on his opening victory over 2019 World Champion bronze medalist Bhamidipati Sai Praneeth, when he takes on the Netherlands Mark Caljouw.
Boxing - Various preliminaries
Kokugican Arena
Plenty more action in the ring today as the preliminary rounds continue in the men’s fly and middleweights and women’s featherweight classes.
Seyedshahin Mousavi Iran won bronze at the Asian Championships this year. The middleweight (69-75kg) fighter will be going toe-to-toe with Japan’s Yuto Moriwaki. In the same weight class, Algeria’s Younes Nemouchi takes on Ugandan Kavuma David Ssemujju.
Makuhari Messe
Tunisia, Algeria and Egypt will be represented in the men’s foil individual and women’s sabre individual competitions today.
Tunisia’s Amira Ben Chaabane will be looking to pull off an upset against world number seven Liza Pusztai from Hungary in the women’s sabre.
Handball - men’s
Yoyogi National Stadium
After a strong start, beating Portugal 37-31 on Friday, Egypt’s men will be hoping to cause problems for Denmark, a team highly expected to finish on the podium.
Victor Scvortov, left, of the UAE. Courtesy IJF
Judo - women’s -57kg and men’s -73kg
Nippon Budokan
Plenty of judokas to be keeping up with on competition day for the women’s -57kg and men’s -73kg weight categories.
In the men’s -73kg weight class, UAE’s hopes lie with Victor Scvortov. Ranked 20th in the world, his opening elimination game will be against the 2021 World Championship silver medalist Tommy Macias from Sweden.
In the women’s -57kg class, we will be keeping an eye on the progress of Ghofran Khelifi, the three-time African Championships Winner from Tunisia.
Shooting - women’s and men’s skeet
Asaka Shooting/ Shotgun ranges
In the women’s skeet, Morocco’s Ibtissam Marirhi will begin day two in 18th after her efforts on first qualifying day, and Bahrain’s Maryam Hassani in 26th.
In the men’s competition, UAE’s Saif bin Futais will be hoping to improve on his totals yesterday to make the final. Abdullah Alrashidi, representing Kuwait, dropped just one shot off a perfect score on the first day of qualifying, leaving him in joint sixth while Egypt’s Azmy Mehelba dropped one more.
Sailing - various
Enoshima and Kamakura
In the women’s windsurfing, Katy Spychakov of Israel has gotten off to a great start, and is currently placed in fifth after three races. She will be back in the water today.
Egypt’s Aly Badawy finished 32nd in yesterday’s one person dinghy race, today he has two more races to climb the tables.
Tsurigasaki Surfing Beach
Having gotten off to a strong start yesterday, Moroccan Ramzi Boukhaim has been drawn against Frenchman Michel Bourez in the third round of the men’s surfing event.
Egypt's Aly Badawy competes in the men's one-person dinghy laser race 1. AFP
Swimming - various
Tokyo Aquatics Centre
Lebanon’s Gabriella Doueihy and Morocco’s Lina Khiyara will both be competing in the same heat of the women’s 200m freestyle. Look out for Israel’s Andrea Murez who will be swimming a few minutes later.
Table tennis - women’s and men’s singles
Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium
Two Egyptian’s remain in the singles tournaments. Omar Assar will face Ukraine Lei Kou in the second round of the men’s singles, and Dina Meshref will play in the third round of the women’s competition.
Taekwondo - women’s -67kg and men’s -80kg
Makuhari Messe
Two big names in the men’s -80kg class to follow here will be Egypt’s Seif Eissa (world number five) and Jordan’s Saleh Elsharabarty (ranked sixth). Both are looking to build on gold medals in the African Championships and Asian Championships this year, respectively.
Julyana Al-Sadeq from Jordan is ranked 9th in the world in the women’s -67kg class. She will be opening up her campaign against Brazilian Milena Titoneli, ranked 10th in what promises to be a great contest. Look out too for Egypt’s Heaya Wahba who starts her run in against world number six, Magda Wiet Henin from France.
Triathlon - men’s
Odaiba Marine Park
Out of the 56 athletes will be swimming 1,500m, cycling 40km and running 10km, we will be following a few athletes from the region.
The Shachar brothers, Sagiv and Ran, will be representing Israel. Mohamad Maso from Syria and Mehdi Essadiq from Morocco will be in the field.
Volleyball - men’s preliminary round
Ariake Arena
After their bruising 3-0 defeat to Rio 2016 gold medalists Brazil on Friday, Tunisia’s men will be looking to bounce back against France today.
Updated: July 25th 2021, 9:23 PM
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