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Sport Open Water Swimming
NOC Palestine   
Born22 Jan 1991 in Cairo, EGY
Height1.79 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Dubai, UAE
Coach, Designer
Arabic, English, Spanish
Higher education
Business Administration - Autonomous University of Barcelona: Spain
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up swimming at age five at the Al-Ahly club in Cairo, Egypt.
Why this sport?
"My parents signed me up for classes, and I loved it."
International Debut
Competing for
Cairo, EGY
General Interest
Gebo (Facebook profile, 09 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career
His mother. (Athlete, 29 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
Tunisian swimmer Oussama Mellouli. (Athlete, 29 Jul 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Pain is temporary, greatness is forever." (Instagram profile, 11 Aug 2019)
Awards and honours
He was named Egyptian Junior Swimmer of the Year in 2006 and 2007. (Facebook page, 26 Nov 2017)
Other sports
He represented Palestine in open water swimming at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain. (SportsDeskOnline, 15 Aug 2017)
He became the first athlete to represent Palestine at two editions of the Olympic Games when he competed at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. He previously participated at the 2012 Games in London. (palestinechronicle.com, 08 Aug 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 20 Dec 2018)
Other information
He retired from competition after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (Facebook profile, 09 Aug 2019; LinkedIn profile, 01 Jul 2019)

He has studied a bachelor degree in information technology and information systems at King University in Bristol, TN, United States of America. (LinkedIn profile, 01 Jul 2019)

He was born to a Palestinian father and an Egyptian mother. (maannews.net, 27 Jul 2009; sport360.com, 01 Aug 2015)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 200m Freestyle 1:59.71
27 2012 London, ENG 400m Freestyle 4:08.51
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 400m Freestyle 4:09.97
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 200m Freestyle 1:58.54
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 400m Freestyle 4:07.70
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 200m Freestyle 1:57.68
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 200m Freestyle 2:02.27
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 400m Freestyle 4:18.40
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 100m Freestyle 56.05
56 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Individual Medley 4:45.73 
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 400m Freestyle 4:12.94
Heat 2009 Rome, ITA 200m Freestyle 1:59.71
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
39 2013 Barcelona, ESP 5km 57:04.0