By: Maydaa Nader
CAIRO, Oct. 10 (SEE)- Egypt’s Hedaya Malak was awarded on Monday the bronze medal at the Riga Open World Taekwondo Tournament held in Latvia.
Out of 16 athletes who competed at the senior’s female A-67 kg, Malak occupied the third place along with France’s Magda Wiet Henin. Gold and silver medals went for Russia’s Polina Khan and France’s Haby Niare, respectively.
The 25 year-old athlete also snatched bronze at 2013 Mersin Mediterranean Games in Turkey, 2014 Australia Open in Sydney, 2014 Paris Open in France, 2015 Austrian Open in Innsbruck, 2015 Moscow Grand Prix in Russia, 2015 Indonesia Open in Pakanbaru, 2015 Croatia Open in Zagreb, 2016 Luxor Open in Egypt, 2016 Spanish Open in Benicasim, 2017 Croatia Open in Zagreb, and 2018 Egypt Open in Alexandria.
In addition, she won silver at the 2012 US Open in Las Vegas, 2012 Dutch Open in Eindhoven, 2014 Dutch Open in Eindhoven, 2014 African Championships in Tunis, 2014 Ukraine Open in Kharkov, 2015 Australia Open in Melbourne, 2015 African Games in Brazzaville in the Republic of the Congo, 2015 Morocco Open in Agadir, 2016 Baku Grand Prix in Azerbaijan, 2017 Paris Open in France, and 2018 Agadir African Championships in Morocco.
Last but not least, Malak received gold medals at 2011 Maputo African Games in Mozambique, 2012 Olympic Games qualifications Africa in Egypt, 2012 Spanish Open in Alicante, 2012 Pocheon Student World Championships in South Korea, 2014 Luxor Open in Egypt, 2014 Bahrain Open in Manama, 2015 Polish Open in Warsaw, 2015 Mungyeong Military World Games in South Korea, 2015 Kazakhistan Open in Almaty, 2015 Mexico Grand Prix, 2016 Fujairah Open in UAE, 2016 Port Said African Championships in Egypt, and 2018 Russian Open in Moscow.
Malak’s victories are numerous; however the most significant one was earning the -57 kg’s bronze at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Olympic Games. She was the third Egyptian medalist at Rio after weightlifters Sara Samir and Mohamed Ihab.