|Eman Sultan has come in third at the women's
world taekwondo championship in Madrid. Abeer Anwar talks to the
Sultan followed in the footsteps of Tamer Salah who took the bronze medal
in taekwondo in the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Eman Ahmed Salah, 17, started practicing taekwondo at four. She was fascinated
with sports, having been brought up in a
Sultan preferred taekwondo. "I kept praying for her," her father said. "I
felt she was going to achieve something because she is
Her father and mother accompanied Sultan to all her training sessions at
Shams Club and backed her to the hilt. "They strongly
Sultan joined the national team at 14 and despite being chosen for the 2004
world juniors championship, a broken leg prevented
She did go to the Arab Games held in Algeria and took the gold medal and
also collected gold in a French international
"It was my dream to be able to collect a medal and now to take part in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing."
Playing in the bantam weight division (51kg-55kg) Sultan began by beating
an opponent from Belarus 9-6. In the second
In the 16th round, Sultan faced Germany's former No 2 in the world and won
9-7. In the quarter-finals, Sultan's winning streak
First place went to Korea's Kim Bo-Hye as Korea collected all the women's gold and almost all of the men's.
Sultan was happy all the same. "I am thrilled. I trained very well and I was lucky to get a medal without injury."
"Eman Sultan is a very promising player," Amr Khewiri, Egypt's coach, said.
"Her style and performance are excellent and if
After a short vacation, Sultan, who is in her first year at the Faculty of
Law, will start preparing for the African championship
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