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Salah Dessouki

Full name: Salah Asfar Al-Sheshtawi J. Dessouki
Original name: صلاح أسفار الشيشتاوي دسوقي
Gender: Male
Born: October 20, 1922 in Cairo, Al-Qahira, Egypt
Died: August 2011 in Cairo, Al-Qahira, Egypt
Country: EGY Egypt
Sport: Fencing

Biography

Salah Dessouki’s fencing career reached its prime after World War II, beginning with a bronze medal in the team sabre event at the 1947 World Championships. This led to his selection for the 1948 Summer Olympics, where he competed in all three team disciplines, as well as the individual sabre. In the team events, his best finish with fifth in the foil, alongside [Osman Abdel Hafeez], [Mahmoud Younes], [Mohamed Zulficar], [Hassan Tawfik], and [Mahmoud Abdin], while in the individual sabre competition he was eliminated in the semifinals. Dessouki was more successful at the next two editions of the World Championships, taking team bronze in all three categories in 1949 and in foil and sabre in 1950. He also won silver in the team sabre event at the inaugural Mediterranean Games in Alexandria, as well as bronze in team foil and épée.

After earning a bronze medal in team foil at the 1951 World Championships, Dessouki represented Egypt a second time at the 1952 Olympic Games, where he again competed in the team version of all three disciplines, as well as the individual foil tournament. The same foil squad, with [Mohamed Ali Riad] replacing Abdin, finished just off the podium in fourth, losing the bronze medal match to Hungary. Individually, Dessouki finished seventh in the final pool, just behind his compatriot Younes, with two wins and six losses. In addition to fencing, Dessouki also played tennis and was the chairman of the famous Al-Ahly Sports Club from 1961 through 1965. Outside of sports, he was a businessman, politician, and confidant of President Gamal Abdel Nasser. This led to his appointment to several important national and international positions, including Governor of the Cairo Governorate in the 1960s.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Men's Foil, Team Egypt EGY 5T
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Men's Épée, Team Egypt EGY 3 p2 r2/4
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Men's Sabre, Individual Egypt EGY 7 p1 r3/4
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Men's Sabre, Team Egypt EGY 3 p1 r2/4
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Men's Foil, Individual Egypt EGY 7
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Men's Foil, Team Egypt EGY 4
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Men's Épée, Team Egypt EGY 3 p6 r1/4
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Men's Sabre, Team Egypt EGY 3 p4 r2/4

Men's Foil, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL TR
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Final Pool 7 1952-07-24 2 6 35
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Semi-Finals Pool Two 3 1952-07-24 2 3 17
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool One 2T 1952-07-23 3 2 22

Men's Foil, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML BW BL TBW/TD IBW
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Semi-Finals Pool Two 4 1948-07-31 0 2 8 22
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1948-07-31 FRA 13, EGY 3 3 1
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1948-07-31 USA 9, EGY 5 5 1
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool Four 1 1948-07-31 1 0 9 1
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool Four 1 1948-07-31 EGY 9, URU 1 9 3
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool One 2 1948-07-30 1 0 9 0
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool One 1 1948-07-30 EGY 9, IRL 0 9 4
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Final Pool 4 1952-07-22 0 3 8 39
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Final Pool Team Bout E 2 1952-07-24 ITA 15, EGY 1 1 0
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Final Pool Team Bout F 2 1952-07-24 HUN 9, EGY 6 6 3
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Semi-Finals Pool Two 2 1952-07-22 1 0 9 7
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Semi-Finals Pool Two 1 1952-07-24 EGY 9, ARG 7 9 1
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool One 1 1952-07-22 1 0 10 6
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool One 1 1952-07-23 EGY 9, SWE 1 9 1
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool Two 1 1952-07-21 1 0 9 4
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool Two 1 1952-07-23 EGY 9, URS 4 9 3

Men's Épée, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML BW BL TBW/TD IBW
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool Two 3 1948-08-06 1 2 22 21
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool Two 1 1948-08-06 EGY 11, GBR 5 11 2
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool Six 1 1948-08-05 1 0 10 5
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool Six 1 1948-08-05 EGY 10, POR 5 10 4
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool Six 3 1952-07-25 0 2 11 16
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool Six 2 1952-07-25 FRA 8, EGY 3 3 1
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool Six 2 1952-07-25 NOR 8, EGY 6 6 1

Men's Sabre, Individual

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result BW BL TR
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Semi-Finals Pool One 7 1948-08-13 1 5
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool Three 3 1948-08-13 4 3
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool One 1 1948-08-12 4 1 16

Men's Sabre, Team

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result MW ML BW BL TBW/TD IBW
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool One 3 1948-08-11 0 2 6 22
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool One 2 1948-08-11 BEL 13, EGY 3 3 1
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool One 2 1948-08-11 HUN 9, EGY 3 3 1
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool One 1 1948-08-10 1 0 13 3
1948 Summer 25 London Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool One 1 1948-08-10 EGY 13, MEX 3 13 4
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool Four 3 1952-07-29 0 2 11 19
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool Four 2 1952-07-29 POL 10, EGY 6 6 1
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Quarter-Finals Pool Four 2 1952-07-29 BEL 9, EGY 5 5 1
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool Three 1T 1952-07-29 1 0 9 1
1952 Summer 29 Helsinki Fencing Egypt EGY Round One Pool Three 1 1952-07-29 EGY 9, AUS 1 9 2
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