Egyptian swimmer Ahmed Akram won a silver medal in the men’s 500-yard freestyle final of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Championships, held at Columbia, Missouri.
Akram qualified to the final after finishing as the top-seed in the competition’s preliminary stage with a 4:12.78, as he broke his previous record by more than three seconds to set a new record for himself and his university, South Carolina, in the tournament.
The national team swimmer managed to win the silver medal in the final after finishing in the second position with a 4:13.48, less than two-tenths of a second after first placed Pawel Werner.
Akram is currently training at the University of South Carolina. He is one of three swimmers who will represent Egypt in the 2016 summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro after securing the second place in the 400-meter race in the Hungary International Championship.
Akram also managed to finish in the fourth position in the 1500-meter final at the 2015 World Championship in Kazan.