Hello everyone, I’m Ahmed Zaher and I’m an Egyptian trap shooter
. I usually train in the Egyptian Shooting Club with the Beretta DT11
and I shoot since 2006. I was born on 13th December 1989 and actually I’m a site architect.
Ahmed started shooting when he was 17 and in 2008 he become Junior’s Arab Champion.
In 2009 he participated at his first ISSF event, the World Championship of Maribor.
During 2011 he become African Champion winning the gold medal in Rabat
. The next year, he took part at the London 2012 Olympic Games.
In 2014 he was the bronze medalist at the African Championship that took place in Cairo.
Which is your favorite gun?
My favorite gun is the Beretta DT11, the one that I use to train and to compete.
Why do you prefer to use that gun in particular?
I was sponsored by Beretta with this gun and actually it's the best gun I have ever shot with.
Which is your favorite shooter?
I have two favorite shooters, one Italian, Giovanni Pellielo, and one Australian, Michael Diamond. I love Johnny Pellielo because he’s always concentrating and he knows what he is doing in order to succeed. Michael Diamond for me is a great shooter because he is still a champion after a lot of years of shooting and he can still win another medal in the Olympics. Both of them have great personality (the personality of a true champion) and people love them.
Who inspires you to practice shooting?
The persons who inspire me practicing shooting sports are my family and my coach. They always support me, no matter what my result is; they push me doing my best.
Which is your most beautiful anecdote connected to the shooting sport?
The best time I had was 6 months before the Olympic games, I was still at university but I have dropped the whole semester to go on training camps and shoot international competitions as part of my preparation for the Olympics. During this period I had nothing else to do but shooting the sport I love. And of course during the Olympic Games was the best feeling I ever had, to compete against the best shooters in the world. It was a great honor to represent my country and be part of this major event that gathers all of the great athletes together from all over the world.
Which is your favorite shooting range?
I love the range of the Olympic Games in London 2012 because it has a great background. I felt so good on this range and I came in 10th place on this range in the pre Olympics in London 2012.
How many years do you have when you first took up a gun
First time I took up a gun I was 8 years old and I was hunting with my father. We were searching for doves and my father gave me his gun to try to shoot. It was an amazing feeling, and from this day I understood what I’ll become one day, a shooter.
Which are your plans and goals for the future?
My plan for the future is to train as much as I can to take part at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games and maybe one day win the Olympic gold medal.
Which is your advice for someone who use you as an inspiration?
I have a very beautiful quote to tell about this questions: "It's not how hard you hit; it’s about how hard you can get hit, and keep moving forward” This is from the film “Rocky” .