Ahmed Hussein

Ahmed Moustafa Hussein (Arabic: أحمد مصطفى حسين; born May 25, 1983) is an Egyptian former swimmer who specialized in backstroke events.[1] He is a two-time Olympian, and a three-time All-American swimmer for the Arizona State Sun Devils at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona, where he majored in and graduated with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering.

Ahmed Hussein
Personal information
Full nameAhmed Moustafa Hussein
National team Egypt
Born (1983-05-25) 25 May 1983
Cairo, Egypt
Height185 cm (6 ft 1 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
ClubHeliolido Sporting Club
College teamArizona State University (U.S.)
CoachMike Chasson (U.S.)

Hussein made his first Egyptian team at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he competed in the men's 200 m backstroke. Swimming in heat two, he edged out Singapore's Gary Tan to earn a fifth spot and thirty-sixth overall by 0.22 of a second in 2:06.10.[2]

At the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Hussein extended his program by qualifying for two swimming events. He claimed two gold medals from the All-Africa Games in Abuja, Nigeria, breaking an Egyptian record and meeting a FINA B-cut of 55.75 (100 m backstroke) and 2:02.45 (200 m backstroke).[3][4]

In the 100 m backstroke, Hussein participated in heat three against seven other swimmers, including Olympic veteran Derya Büyükuncu of Turkey. He raced to sixth place and thirty-first overall by 0.52 of a second behind Buyukuncu, outside his personal best of 56.86.[5][6] In his second event, 200 m backstroke, Hussein matched his position from the 100-metre backstroke on the morning's preliminaries. Hussein saved a seventh spot on the same heat as Sydney over South Korea's Sung Min, who finished behind him in last place by 0.04 of a second, with a time of 2:04.82.[7][8]

At the 2005 Mediterranean Games in Almería, Spain, Hussein won a total of three medals in the same discipline, a silver in the 100 (56.06) and a bronze in the 50 m backstroke (25.86). In the 200 m backstroke, he lowered his own Egyptian record of 2:01.61 to claim another bronze.[9]


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  2. "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Men's 200m Backstroke Heat 2" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 283. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  3. "Swimming – Men's 100m Backstroke Startlist (Heat 3)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  4. "Swimming – Men's 200m Backstroke Startlist (Heat 2)" (PDF). Athens 2004. Omega Timing. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  5. "Men's 100m Backstroke Heat 3". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 15 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  6. Thomas, Stephen (15 August 2004). "Men's 100 Backstroke Prelims: Japan's Morita Surprises with Fastest Time; Americans Cruise Through". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 30 June 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  7. "Men's 200m Backstroke Heat 2". Athens 2004. BBC Sport. 18 August 2004. Retrieved 31 January 2013.
  8. Thomas, Stephen (18 August 2004). "Men's 200 Backstroke Prelims, Day 5: Peirsol Looks Good for a Dorsal Double". Swimming World Magazine. Archived from the original on 3 December 2005. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
  9. "Ahmed Hussein Wins Three Medals In The Mediterranean Games". Arizona State Sun Devils. 26 July 2005. Archived from the original on 2013-06-30. Retrieved 23 April 2013.
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