Aida Mohamed (born 12 March 1976) is a Hungarian foil fencer, silver medallist at the 1993 World Championships and team gold medallist at the 2007 European Championships. She is the only Hungarian athlete in history to have competed at seven different Olympic Games (from 1996 to 2020).[1][2][3]

Aida Mohamed
Mohamed in 2014
Personal information
Born (1976-03-12) 12 March 1976 (age 48)
Budapest, Hungary
Height1.62 m (5 ft 4 in)
Weight58 kg (128 lb)
Sport
SportFencing
WeaponFoil
Handleft-handed
ClubMTK Budapest (1986–2009)
Törekvés SE (2009-2013)
Újpesti TE (2014–present)
Head coachAntal Solti
FIE rankingcurrent ranking
Medal record
Women's foil fencing
Representing  Hungary
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 1993 Essen Individual
Bronze medal – third place 1994 Athens Team
Bronze medal – third place 2002 Lisbon Individual
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Havana Individual
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Saint Petersburg Individual
Bronze medal – third place 2006 Torino Individual
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 2007 Ghent Team
Silver medal – second place 1992 Lisbon Individual
Silver medal – second place 2001 Koblenz Team
Silver medal – second place 2002 Moscow Team
Silver medal – second place 2008 Kyiv Team
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Bolzano Individual
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Zagreb Team
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Montreux Individual
Bronze medal – third place 2024 Basel Team

Career

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Mohamed was born in Budapest from a Hungarian mother and a Syrian father. She was too shy in primary school to join the local fencing team, but her PE teacher persuaded her to give it a go. She then trained at the MTK sports club in Budapest with fencing master Antal Solti, who remained her personal coach as of 2013. She won in 1991 a bronze medal at the Cadet European Fencing Championships and the gold medal at the Junior World Championships. She retained her Junior title in 1992 and won it again in 1996.

At senior level she won her first major medal in 1992 with a silver medal at the 1992 European Championships, followed with another silver at the 1993 World Championships. She won the bronze medal at the foil 2006 World Fencing Championships after she lost 15–3 to Valentina Vezzali in the semi-finals.

Mohamed transferred to Törekvés SE in 2009 after 23 years at MTK, but continued training with Antal Solti.[4]

Personal life

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She married in 2005 former Canadian Olympic pentathlete and épée fencer, Laurie Shong, whom she met at the 1999 Seoul World Cup. They have two daughters, Olívia, born in 2009, and Leila, born in 2014.[4]

Awards

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  • Hungarian Junior fencer of the Year (3): 1991, 1992, 1995
  • Masterly youth athlete: 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996
  • Hungarian Youth Athlete of the Year (1): 1992
  • Hungarian Fencer of the Year (5): 1993, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2012
Orders and special awards

References

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  1. ^ Evans, Hilary; Gjerde, Arild; Heijmans, Jeroen; Mallon, Bill; et al. "Aida Mohamed". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Archived from the original on 2012-01-30. Retrieved 2012-02-13.
  2. ^ "Aida Mohamed". Rio2016.com. Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games. Archived from the original on 2016-08-26. Retrieved 2016-08-28.
  3. ^ Nedelykov, Tamás (29 July 2021). "Tokió 2020: Mohamed Aida rekorder lett, női tőrcsapatunk 7. helyen végzett". nemzetisport.hu (in Hungarian). Retrieved 29 July 2021.
  4. ^ a b Réka Klementisz (6 August 2014). "Mohamed Aida hazatért Újpestre". ÚjpestKártya. Archived from the original on 20 December 2014. Retrieved 22 February 2015.
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Olympic Games
Preceded by Flagbearer for   Hungary
(with László Cseh)
Tokyo 2020
Succeeded by
Incumbent