Egyptians are known for their strength as they are called “The Pharaons” , for the last 15 years Egyptian throwers made a remarkable improvement to shine at the international level , not only in Africa and Arabia, but the world !
This is due to the gigantic work and devotion of Dr. Nagui Assad; who changed the meaning of training methods and ideology in Egypt, not only in the throws, but within the other events. Nagui Assad was a shot putter back in the 70’s and had a respectable personal best of 20,71m (67′ 11″). He was granted his PhD from the honorable Universität Leipzig (Leipzig University of Sports) in Germany. Dr. Assad spent seventeen years coaching in Kuwait and produced excellent performances with local athletes, despite a lack of talent. In 1999 , he returned to Egypt to start his throwing school. He applied the well known German methods of training . It didn’t take long to see the results of his hard work. In 2001 , Egypt made its first achievements at the world level by collecting a Silver in the shot put (Yasser Farag) and bronze in the discus (Omar El Ghazaly) at the World Youth Championships in Debrecen. A new era has emerged and since that date , medals counter started to increment , collecting one medal at each World Junior Championships: 2004 , Mohsen Anani silver in the hammer , 2006 , Mostafa Abdul Moaty silver In the shot , 2008 , Ihab Abdelrahman silver in the javelin and 2010 , Alaa Eldin El Ashry , bronze in the hammer.
Another astonishing performance was the world junior discus record achieved by Omar El Ghazaly in 2003 with the 1,75kg implement, 65,88m (216′ 1″) and his brilliant 6th place at the World Championships in Osaka in 2007.
Egypt has deployed a strong throwing army in all major competitions , Olympic , World and Continental , with the presence of at least one athlete at each one, hoping to collect a medal that will confirm that the Pharaons are serious contenders. This year has been marked by the high level in the hammer throw with a new national record from Mostafa Hesham El Gamal who threw 78,19m braking the 77,36m achieved by Mohsen Anani in 2010 , followed by 3 Athletes surpassing the 73m mark. In the javelin , Ihab Abdelrahman threw a season best of 80,10m and hoping to brake his national and Arab Record of 82,25m performed in 2012.
The preparation is still ongoing and the Egyptian team is ready to enter the arena and show to the world what they are capable of. They are expected to participate at the World Championships in Moscow , World Youth championships in Donetsk, The Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Francophone Games in Nice , Islamic Games in Indonesia and Arab athletics championships in Doha.