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Mahmoud Fayad

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 1
Silver 0
Bronze 0
Total 1
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameMahmoud Sha'baan Abdallah•Fayad
Used nameMahmoud•Fayad
Original nameمحمود شعبان عبدالله•فياض
Born9 March 1925 in Al-Iskanderiya (Alexandria) (EGY)
Died18 December 2002 in Al-Iskanderiya (Alexandria) (EGY)
Measurements60 kg
AffiliationsTersana, Al-Jizah (EGY)
NOC(s) Egypt

Biography

Despite being among a cohort of exceptional weightlifters during Egypt’s golden years in the sport, Mahmoud Fayad stood out as an athlete. Competing as a featherweight, he first gained attention at the 1946 World Championships, where he came in second behind Sweden’s Arvid Andersson. His greatest moment, however, came in that event at the 1948 London Olympics, where he not only won gold, but set world records in snatch, clean & jerk, and total. Proving that this was no fluke, he also won the event at the next two editions of the World Championships. For political reasons, the Egyptian weightlifting federation determined that many of the country’s past champions, including Fayad, were professionals and thus ineligible to compete at the 1952 Helsinki Olympics. This ended his career and he went on to live the remainder of his life in relative obscurity.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) Event Status Team Pos Details
1948 Summer Olympics Weightlifting Featherweight, Men Olympic 1 Gold Representing Egypt    

Olympic Records

Records may have been broken subsequently during the same competition.
Games Date Sport Event Phase Mark Pos
1948 Summer Olympics 9 August 1948 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 327.5 WR 1
1948 Summer Olympics 9 August 1948 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Triathlon) Final Standings 332.5 WR 1
1948 Summer Olympics 9 August 1948 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Military Press) Military Press, Lift #3 92.5 AC
1948 Summer Olympics 9 August 1948 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #1 97.5 AC
1948 Summer Olympics 9 August 1948 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #2 102.5 WR AC
1948 Summer Olympics 9 August 1948 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Snatch) Snatch, Lift #3 105.0 WR AC
1948 Summer Olympics 9 August 1948 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #1 130.0 AC
1948 Summer Olympics 9 August 1948 Weightlifting Featherweight, Men (≤60 kg, Clean & Jerk) Clean & Jerk, Lift #3 135.0 WR AC

Errata

YOB also seen as 1926, but 1925 is supported by the Egyptian Ministry of Sport.

Research notes

.1951 Egyptian lightweight runner-up.

Created: Paul Tchir at February 14, 2012 16:58, Last edited: Paul Tchir at January 10, 2020 17:35