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Ahmed Mohamed Hassanein

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameAhmed Mohamed•Hassanein
Used nameAhmed Mohamed•Hassanein
Original nameأحمد محمد•حسنين
Born31 October 1889 in Al-Qahira (Cairo) (EGY)
Died19 February 1946 in Al-Qahira (Cairo) (EGY)
AffiliationsCercle Royal d’Escrime, Al-Qahira (EGY)
NOC(s) Egypt

Biography

Ahmed Hassanein’s father was a professor at Al-Azhar University and a confidant of many important Egyptian political figures. After graduating from Oxford University, Ahmed held several important positions under King Fuad I and taught his son, the future Farouk of Egypt, how to speak Arabic in addition to his native Turkish. During the 1920s he was a prolific international fencer and competed in two Summer Olympics: he was eliminated in the opening round of the individual foil competition and the quarter-finals of the individual épée event in 1920, but did not win a single bout in the individual épée tournament in 1924.

A man of many talents, Hassanein also undertook several scientific studies and explorations in the Libyan Desert during this period. Among the most famous of his reports was his discovery of previously unknown oases that helped pave the way for new trade routes to through the Sahara, and his findings were reported in National Geographic Magazine (complete with a detailed map) and eventually became the subject of their book “The Lost Oasis.” For his work in the region, which included a detailed cultural history of the Senussi people and thousands of photographs, he received the Gold Medal of the British Royal Geographical Society in 1924. He remained a close confidant of the King and served in the higher echelons of the court for many years until he died in a car accident on the Qasr al-Nil Bridge in February 1946.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1920 Summer Olympics Fencing Foil, Individual, Men Olympic 4 p5 r1/3 Representing Egypt    
  Épée, Individual, Men Olympic =7 p2 r2/4
1924 Summer Olympics Fencing Épée, Individual, Men Olympic 10 p2 r1/4 Representing Egypt    

Other participations

Games Role Details
1912 Summer Olympics Flagbearer at the Opening Ceremony Representing Egypt    

Special Notes