The Diving Olympic history of Egypt started at the 1928 Olympics when Farid Simaika won a silver and a bronze medal in the men's 10m and 3m events respectively.

Image Source: Farid Simaika (public domain)

After Simaika's achievement, Egypt was present in the 1936, 1948, 1952, 1960, 1968, and 1984 Olympic Games. Afterward, the country faced a 30-year gap until Maha Gouda qualified alongside the given quota pass to Mohab Ishak to compete at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, bringing back the light on Egyptian diving.

Two years later Gouda, Ishak, Youssef Selim, and Maha Amer competed at the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Image Source: Mohab Ishak practices ahead of the Men's 3m Springboard Final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

At Tokyo 2020 Games Egypt had the duo Gouda and Ishak compete, while in Paris 2024, four divers are set to represent Egypt in diving.

For Paris 2024, Mohamed Farouk, Maha Amer, Ramez Diaa, and Malak Tawfik secured diving spots for Team Egypt from their performances at the African Diving Championships which were held in Durbin, South Africa on 18 – 20 December 2024.

Image Source: Maha Amer enters the field of play for the Women's 1m Springboard Final during day 1 of the World Aquatics Championships - Doha 2024 (Hiroyuki Nakamura/World Aquatics)

During last February's World Championships in Doha, Maha Amer clinched a memorable and crowd-pleasing bronze medal in the 1m event.


South Africa

Image Source: Micaela Bouter of Team South Africa competes in the Women's 3m Springboard Preliminary at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games (Clive Rose/Getty Images)

South Africa has a storied Olympic history in diving, beginning with Geoffrey Mandy's performance on the platform event in the 1948 Olympics. South African divers continued the Olympic tradition through 1952, 1992, 2004, 2008, 2016, and 2020 Olympic Games.

Image Source: Julia Vincent of South Africa competes at the Rio 2016 Games (Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

In Paris 2024, Julia Vincent will represent South Africa in the Women’s 3m event after becoming World Championships Finalist in Doha 2024 and Fukuoka 2023. The 29-year-old is set to compete at her third consecutive Olympic Games in Paris 2024 in the Women’s 3m event.

When to support African divers at the Paris 2024 Olympic Games

Image Source: Mohamed Farouk competes in the Men's 1m Springboard Preliminaries at the World Aquatics Championships - Fukuoka 2023 (Clive Rose/Getty Images)
  • Women’s 3m preliminary: Julia Vincent and Maha Amer on 7 August
  • Men’s 3m preliminary: Mohamed Farouk on 6 August
  • Women’s 10m preliminary: Malak Tawfik on 5 August
  • Men’s 10m preliminary: Ramez Diaa on 9 August