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Even before this impressive lift, it's clear Samir has a commanding presence in the national team's weightlifting hall in Cairo.She has become something of a trendsetter since winning bronze in the 69 kilogram class at the 2016 Olympic Games – the first female Egyptian Olympian to win a medal on the podium.The challenges include a "lack of interest of the family which cares first about the boy" since girls are expected to stop practicing sport when they get married, Seif said.Girls are encouraged to take part in other sports such as swimming or gymnastics, he said, rather than weightlifting or athletics. Samir is completely absorbed by her training.Abdelrahman had originally come fifth in both the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and the 2012 Olympics in London.
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