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Tanzania Swimmers in Barcelona for FINA World Championships

July 24, 2013

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A swimmer and a coach departed Dar es Salaam on Sunday evening to Barcelona via Dubai to compete at 15th FINA World Championships in the Spanish city.

The Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) Assistant Secretary General, Ramadhan Namkoveka, said the country will be represented by swimmers Hilal Hilal, who is team captain, Ammmaar Ghadiyali, Hilal Hilal, and only lone female Mariam Foum.

They are accompanied by coach Geoffrey Kimimba, Hilal and Kimimba are in the advance party which left on Sunday and the rest will join them in Barcelona from Egypt and Canada where they attend university studies.

Head of delegation TSA Secretray General Noel Kiunsi has already arrived in Barcelona. Namkoveka said the coach will train the team together for at least five days before the competition starts on July 28th whereby Hilal will swim 50m butterfly.

“Out team will face a stiff competition at this world stage, but our main aim is to lower their personal best time and we expect good performance from them as well,” he said.

Some of the time they need to beat are Ammaar Ghadiyali 100 Free (1.00.56) and 200 Freestyle (2.17.89) while Hilal need to beat his time of 27.92 in 50m butterfly and 25.36 in 50m freestyle.

The local swimmers’ best times were recorded at the CANA Zone 3 and 4 Swimming Championships in Lusaka, Zambia from April 25 to 28 this year.

At least 181 nations are participating in this year’s championships compared to 178 countries that took part in the last FINA World Championships in Shanghai, China in 2011.

According to Namkoveka, 144 swimmers with 40 events are expected to compete in swimming discipline alone this year. Other disciplines are open water, diving, synchronizing, water polo and high diving whereby Tanzania have no athlete in this category.

He said Hilal will compete in 50m butterfly on July 28 and 50m Freestyle on August 2, while Ghadiyali will compete in 200 freestyle on July 29 and 100m freestyle the following day.

Mariam Foum will start her races on August 3, in 50m freestyle and will cap it up with 50m breast the following day.

“TSA would like to thank FINA for their support in developing swimming in Tanzania, parents, club coaches, Spanish Embassy in Dar es Salaam, National Sports Council (NSC) and everyone who made this journey successful. We wish our swimmers all the best,” said Namkoveka.

allafrica.com

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