Egypt’s Farida Osman Is Defying the Odds As a Standout For California-Berkeley

Farida Osman in the 'fly dash at Pac-12 [Photo courtesy of Pac-12/CAL]

Although swimming isn’t exactly a high-priority sport in her homeland, Egypt’s Farida Osman is shining for California-Berkeley and rising up the global charts.

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Although swimming isn’t exactly a high-priority sport in her homeland, Egypt’s Farida Osman is shining for California-Berkeley and rising up the global charts.

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reallyoldflyer

Who are the four medallists? I am 99.9% certain Penny Heyns in the breaststroke and I’m guessing Kirsty Coventry but without googling it would be good to have a touch more meat to the trivia question!

beachmouse

I remember SA had half of a really good medley relay in 1996, though it took me looking it up to get Marianne Kriel’s name as the 100 back bronze medalist that year.

aswimfan

It’s:
1. Jenny Makaal, RSA (400 free bronze, 1932 LA)
2. Marianne Kriel, RSA (100 back bronze, 1996 Atlanta)
3. Penny Heyns, RSA (100 + 200 breast golds, 1996 Atlanta and 100 breast bronzes behind two extremely young breaststrokers, 2000 Sydney)
4. Kirsty Coventry, ZIM (200 back gold + 100 back silver + 200 IM, 2004 Athens, and 200 back gold + 100 back, 200 IM, 400 IM silvers, 2008 Beijing)

Coventry is on her way to Rio, 12 years on after her stunning Athens. Unfortunately for her, her events have improved tons.

aswimfan

hmm…. John I think you may have missed a swimmer:
Joan Harrison, RSA won 100 back gold in 1952 Helsinki

And if you count relays, the number triple:
RSA won 1928 4×100 free bronze with four other swimmers:
Rhoda Rennie
Freddie van der Goes
Mary Bedford
Kathleen Russell

and RSA won 1956 4×100 free with:
Natalie Myburgh
Susan Roberts
Moira Abernethy
Jeanette Myburgh

so in total 13 African female swimmers have won Olympics medals

aswimfan

Even when South Africa was banned from the Olympics from 1964 to 1992, Africa continent still produced far more female swimming medallists at 13, compared to the continent of Central + South America (5 swimmers).

John Lohn

Yep, should have been five, with emphasis placed on individuals. Agree on fact that ban from Olympics affected SA medal numbers, but point is that continent on whole has nothing much to speak of beyond SA.

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