May 31st, 2019

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Olympic champion El Sayed Nosseir (Egypt)


The History in Color presents a color enhanced portrait photo of El Sayed Nosseir of Egypt made during the Festival of World Press at the Berlin Sports Palace in 1935.


El Sayed Nosseir (1905-1977) was an outstanding Egyptian Olympic weightlifter and sports manager. He was one of the first Olympic champions of Egypt oveall. He won his gold medal in the 82.5kg weight class at the 1928 Summer Olympics in Amsterdam.


In his career as an athlete, Nosseir also managed to set 7 world records.


After finishing his career as an athlete, he was responsible for a very successful Team Egypt, which was one of the top Olympic weightlifting team in the 1940s and in the 1950s. Here is the ranking Team Egypt in the world in those early decades of the 20th Century:



  • 1930s – No 5

  • 1940s – No 2

  • 1950s – No 4

  • 1960s – No 18