1-Nosseir to Mesbah
The first athlete to claim an Olympic medal for Egypt was weightlifter El-Sayed Nosseir, who won gold at the 1928 Amsterdam Games.
Judoka Hesham Mesbah - Egypt’s flag bearer at the 2012 games opening ceremony - was the last to bring home Olympic silverware when he won the bronze medal in Beijing 2008.
2- Medals total
Egypt won a total of 24 Olympic medals since the 1920 Antwerp Games, seven gold, seven silver and ten bronze.
3- The two gold sports
All of Egypt’s seven gold medals came in just two sports; weightlifting and wrestling.
4- Two medals in a row
Diver Farid Simaika is the only Egyptian to claim two medals in one tournament, having won silver and bronze in Amsterdam 1928.
5- Two medals in two finals
Egyptian weightlifter Ibrahim Shams holds another record as the only man to bring home two medals in two different finals, winning bronze in Berlin 1936 before striking gold 12 years later in London.
Egypt's biggest ever Olympic team
6- Egypt and Syria
Egypt competed with Syria as the United Arab Republic in two Olympic tournaments; Rome 1960 and Tokyo 1964.
Egypt did not participate in the Olympic Games on three occasions; Los Angeles 1932, Melbourne 1956 and Moscow 1980.
Moreover, the Egyptian Olympic team forfeited the 1972 Munich Games and the 1976 Montreal Games for political reasons.
In 1910, Egypt officially joined the International Olympic Committee to become number 14 out of 206 current IOC member nations.
9-Biggest team ever
With 117 athletes representing Egypt in London this summer, it is the country’s biggest Olympic team ever to participate in one tournament.
10-Youngest and oldest
At the age of 17, swimmer Farida Osman will be the youngest Egyptian in this summer’s games, while shooter Mona Elhawary is the oldest at 49.