Omar Ahmed El Ghazaly

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Omar Ahmed El Ghazaly
Personal information
Born (1984-02-09) February 9, 1984 (age 31)
Height 1.99 m (6 ft 6 12 in)
Weight 125 kg (276 lb)
Country  Egypt
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Discus
Updated on 12 August 2012.

Omar Ahmed El Ghazaly (born 9 February 1984 in Cairo) is an Egyptian discus thrower.

In 1999 he was recruited by former African shot put champion Nagui Asaad, who was setting up a throwing school that also included hammer thrower Mohsen El Anany and shot putter Yasser Fathy. After having a try with the different implements, he settled for the discus and rapidly made his debut in the national team.[1]

His personal best throw is 66.58 metres, achieved in June 2007 in Helsingborg. This is the current national record.[2]

In June 2009, El Ghazaly gave a strong showing at a meeting in Sollentuna, Sweden, registering a number of throws over 65 metres and winning with 66.34 m. This was an African season's best throw and highlighted him as a possible finalist for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.[3]


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Egypt
2001 World Youth Championships Debrecen, Hungary 3rd Discus throw (1.5 kg) 61.06 m
African Junior Championships Réduit, Mauritius 2nd Discus throw (1.75 kg) 49.79 m
2002 World Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 10th Discus throw (1.5 kg) 58.20 m
African Championships Radès, Tunisia 3rd Discus throw 48.17 m
2003 African Junior Championships Garoua, Cameroon 1st Discus throw (1.75 kg) 61.87 m
Universiade Daegu, South Korea 9th Discus throw 55.15 m
All-Africa Games Abuja, Nigeria 1st Discus throw 63.61 m
Afro-Asian Games Hyderabad, India 3rd Discus throw 59.77 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 33rd (q) Discus throw 55.53 m
Pan Arab Games Algiers, Algeria 1st Discus throw 61.06 m
2005 Islamic Solidarity Games Mecca, Saudi Arabia 1st Discus throw 59.89 m
Universiade İzmir, Turkey 2nd Discus throw 62.28 m
2006 African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 1st Discus throw 61.11 m
World Cup Athens, Greece 4th Discus throw 61.50 m
2007 All-Africa Games Algiers, Algeria 1st Discus throw 62.28 m
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 2nd Discus throw 60.89 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 6th Discus throw 64.58 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 23rd (q) Discus throw 60.24 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 9th Discus throw 62.83 m
Jeux de la Francophonie Beirut, Lebanon 1st Discus throw 61.01 m
2010 African Championships Nairobi, Kenya 1st Discus throw 59.30 m


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