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Malak Abdelshafi



Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Spinal Cord Injuries
Origin of Impairment
S5, SB4, SM5

Further personal information

Cairo, EGY
Athlete, Student
Arabic, English

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age five at the Maadi Club in Cairo, Egypt.
Why this sport?
She was introduced to hydrotherapy as part of her rehabilitation. "I did not plan to swim professionally. During my hydrotherapy sessions, my trainer said I was talented and pushed me to compete. My first championship was in 2012 with my club and I won a silver medal. I was nine years old then and the youngest among the participants. We were all surprised and did not expect it at all. Since then, I decided to pursue a professional track in swimming."
Club / Team
Maadi Club: Cairo, EGY
Name of coach
Sherif Habib [national], EGY

General interest

Writing, science. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico City, Mexico. (Athlete, 08 Dec 2017)
Most influential person in career
Her family. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
US swimmer Michael Phelps, British swimmer Adam Peaty, Egyptian footballer Mohamed Salah. (Athlete, 11 Mar 2019, 08 Dec 2017)
In 2018 she was diagnosed with Kienbock's disease, a condition where the blood supply to the lunate bone in the wrist is interrupted. She had the bone removed from her left wrist. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021, 16 May 2021;, 15 Oct 2020)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Never let your head drop. Never give up or sit down and grieve. Find another way." (Athlete, 21 Mar 2020)
To win a gold medal at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (Athlete, 25 Aug 2021)
Her impairment is the result of a car accident she was involved in at 10 months old. Her father passed away in the incident. (Athlete, 21 Mar 2020, 08 Dec 2017;, 15 Oct 2020)


Unit Date Rank
Mexico City 2017 World Para Swimming Championships (Mexico City, Mexico)
Event Medal Unit Date Rank
Women's 100 m Breaststroke SB4 Final 1 2017-12-02 9999