Egyptian wrestler Mohamed ‘Kesho’ Ibrahim El-Sayed has announced that he will follow in Karam Gaber’s footsteps to become Olympic medalist.
Kesho won the bronze medal in the Greco-Roman 67kg competition at the Tokyo Olympics after beating 2018 World Champion Artem Surkov of Russia on Wednesday.
“Winning an Olympic medal is indescribable. I can’t find words to describe my luck, ”said Kesho after his win over BeIn Sports.
“I’ve suffered a lot in recent years and I’m very proud to have won a medal at my first Olympic Games. Egypt’s last medal in wrestling was at the 2012 Olympics won by Karam Gaber, in whose footsteps I want to follow, ”he added.
In 2004 Gaber awarded Egypt a precious gold medal at the Athens Olympics, the country’s first gold medal since weightlifter Ibrahim Shams won gold at the 1948 London Games.
Gaber was on the verge of winning gold again at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, but unfortunately lost the silver medal in the final, the last medal for Egypt up to Kesho’s bronze.
“Winning a bronze medal in Tokyo increases my motivation for the Olympic Games in Paris 2024. With God’s support, I managed to win a very competitive game against Russia’s strong champions,” said the 23-year-old wrestler.
“This is the hardest game I’ve played in my career, but it’s the most beautiful and toughest medal in my life. When I started to believe that I was going to win, I forgot about my shoulder pain.
“My shoulder was injured, but everyone was waiting for this game. I tried to overcome all the obstacles before the game just to make the Egyptians happy, ”he concluded.
Kesho’s medal is the third for Egypt at the Tokyo Olympics, following two bronze taekwondo medals from Hedaya Malak and Sief Eissa.
This is also the eighth Egyptian medal in Greco-Roman wrestling; two gold, three silver and three bronze medals.