Libyan Athlete Wins 3 Medals in Championship

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Libyan weightlifter, Ihsan Ali Shalabi, won two silver and one bronze medal in the 73 kilogram weight category in the African Senior Championship, held in Egypt from October 26th to November 1st.

Shalabi also won silver in the African Club Cup competitions, as the first Libyan athlete to win a medal in the African club championships organised for the first time.

Libya is participating in the African Weightlifting Championships for adults, currently being held in Cairo, with three weightlifters, Ihsan Shalabi, Ahmed Abu Razbeya, and Omar Al-Ajmi Mohamed.

On Saturday, the Libyan champion, Bashir Al-Duwaibi, won the bronze in the World Karate Championship in the under 63 kilograms after defeating the champion of Uzbekistan, in the tournament held in Turkey.

This is the first Libyan international medal in karate. Al-Duwaibi won in the first rounds of the tournament in 4 matches against the Spanish champion with a score of 1-2, and against the Japanese champion with a score 3-0.

The Libyan athlete also defeated the Moroccan champion 3-2, and the Albanian champion 4-0.

Last August, Libyan bodybuilder, Kamal El-Gargani, won second place in the Tampa Pro International Bodybuilding Championship.

The Libyan champion hopes to prepare, in order to regain the title of Mr. Olympia 2022 in the 212 weight category. The top four included Akim Williams, Kamal El-Gargani, Quinton Eriya, and Joseph Mackey.

The competition took place on the 6th of August in Tampa, Florida. The contest is a highlight in the IFBB Pro League schedule. El-Gargani made his debut in the men’s open by competing in Tampa.

Even at the age of 51, the Libyan champion said that he sees “progress in the development of my physique. So, now is the time to test the open waters,” according to the Muscle and Fitness website.

“I feel great, and I see my body has been improving. So, I see this as a way to show the world of bodybuilding that age is just a number, if you play smart,” he said. “If you go crazy at anything, you’re going to finish early. If you’re smart, then you can go on forever.”

“When I won the Olympia 212, it was in Vegas. Then, it moved to Orlando for two years. Now it’s going back to Vegas. I’m going back to Vegas, and I want to get my title back,” he shared.