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First Olympic Appearance for Wayne State Alumnus

Wayne Dover

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Detroit, MI - Ziad Elsissy is a fencer from Egypt. The Tokyo 2020 Olympics are his first appearance in an Olympic. Sports run in his blood since Elsissy’s father was a basketball player for the Egyptian national team. Being a professional fencer has been his dream since a very young age. 

Born in Alexandria, Egypt, Elsissy showed himself to be a competitor as a Junior Olympian for the Egyptian fencing team. It caught the attention of Wayne State fencing coach, Jerzy Radz. Elsissy got the opportunity to fly to Detroit to pursue his degree and to embark on his fence career. He enrolled at Wayne State University and graduated in 2018 with a degree in mechanical engineering and is working for his master's degree at WSU.

Elsissy broke his fencing career records with the most saber victories, 332, and was a three-time All-American on the fencing strip. He was also a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and was the national runner-up at the NCAA Championships.

Radz has been keeping his eyes on Elsissy since his first day at WSU. He knew that Elsissy had a strong motivation to be able to achieve his dream. Ranz had the chance to witness Elsissy fall short of both missing qualification for the Rio 2016 Olympics and finishing as runner-up in his senior year. In the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Radz believes Elsissy will make it.

Elsissy is scheduled to make his first Olympics appearance on July 24 in the Men’s Saber Individual event and on July 28, he will lead Team Egypt in the saber competition against Japan. 26-year-old Elsissy honors his hard work and his father, Aly, for encouraging him to be a professional fencer. 

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