Egypt at the 1912 Summer Olympics

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Egypt at the
1912 Summer Olympics
Flag of Egypt (1844-1867).svg
IOC code EGY
NOC Egyptian Olympic Committee
Website www.egyptianolympic.org (Arabic) (English)
in Stockholm
Competitors 1 in 1 sport
Medals
Gold Silver Bronze Total
0 0 0 0
Summer Olympics appearances (overview)
Other related appearances
1906 Intercalated Games

The Egyptian Olympic Committee considers the nation to have first competed in the Summer Olympic Games at the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. According to the official report, the nation sent one fencer, Ahmed Hassanein, who competed in the individual foil and épée events. There is uncertainty, however, as to whether he competed, as the official report lists all entrants in fencing regardless of their actual participation, and no results are known for Hassanein.

Background[edit]

In 1912 Egypt was de jure under the control of the Ottoman Empire, but had been de facto run by the British since 1882.[1] At the 1896 Summer Olympics, an athlete by the name of Dionysios Kasdaglis competed in tennis and won silver medals in the singles and doubles tournaments. Kasdaglis is listed as Greek by the IOC for the singles, but in the doubles he and his Greek partner Demetrios Petrokokkinos are listed as a "mixed team".[2] Kasdaglis had British citizenship, but lived in Egypt and was a member of Egyptian clubs, and thus he has been considered by some as an Egyptian Olympian.[3][4] Two athletes, Arthur Marson and Eugenio Colombani, competed under the Egyptian flag at the 1906 Intercalated Games,[5] which are no longer recognized as Olympic by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), but were considered as such by contemporary sources.[6] The Egyptian Olympic Committee, founded in 1910, considers Egypt's first Olympic delegation to have been at the 1912 Summer Olympics,[7] which is supported by that year's official report.[8] There is uncertainty, however, as to whether the fencer they sent, Ahmed Hassanein, actually competed, as the official report lists all entrants in the fencing events regardless of their actual participation.[9]

Fencing[edit]

According to the official report, Hassanein competed in both the individual foil and épée events. In the former he was part of Pool XIV, which included upcoming bronze medalist Richard Verderber of Austria, and it is recorded only that he did not advance to the quarterfinals. In the latter he was placed in Pool II, which included eventual Olympic champion Paul Anspach of Belgium, and again it is noted only that he did not make it out of the round.[8] Hassanein would go on to compete in both disciplines at the 1920 Summer Olympics, and in épée in 1924, but never won a medal.[10]

Fencer Event Round 1 Quarterfinal Semifinal Final
Record Rank Record Rank Record Rank Record Rank
Ahmed Hassanein Foil losses Did not advance
Épée losses Did not advance

References[edit]

  1. ^ Sicker, Martin (2001). The Middle East in the Twentieth Century. Santa Barbara, California: Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 101. ISBN 0275968936. 
  2. ^ "Doubles Men". International Olympic Committee. 2016. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  3. ^ Gjerde, Arild; Jeroen Heijmans; Bill Mallon; Hilary Evans (June 2016). "Dimitrios Kasdaglis Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics. Sports Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  4. ^ Conner, Floyd (2001-10-31). The Olympic's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of the Olympics' Gold Medal Gaffes, Improbable Triumphs, and Other Oddities. Lincoln, Nebraska: Potomac Books. p. 11. ISBN 1597973971. 
  5. ^ Gjerde, Arild; Jeroen Heijmans; Bill Mallon; Hilary Evans (June 2016). "Egypt at the 1906 Intercalated Games". Sports Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  6. ^ Grasso, John; Bill Mallon; Jeroen Heijmans (2015-05-14). Historical Dictionary of the Olympic Movement (5 ed.). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield. p. xlvi. ISBN 1442248602. 
  7. ^ "History". Egyptian Olympic Committee. 2015. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  8. ^ a b "The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912" (PDF). Stockholm: Swedish Olympic Committee. 1913: 889. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  9. ^ Gjerde, Arild; Jeroen Heijmans; Bill Mallon; Hilary Evans (June 2016). "Fencing at the 1912 Stockholm Summer Games". Sports Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-10-19. 
  10. ^ Gjerde, Arild; Jeroen Heijmans; Bill Mallon; Hilary Evans (June 2016). "Ahmed Mohamed Hassanein Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics. Sports Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-10-19.