Ten-year-old finishes third in worlds heat

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KAZAN, Russia: Tiny 10-year-old Alzain Tareq finished third in her 50m freestyle heat and was 105th overall of the event’s 113 racers with a new PB of 35.78 seconds—nearly three seconds faster than her qualifying time on Saturday. The Bahrain schoolgirl had caused a splash at the Kazan pool on Friday morning when she raced in the women’s 50m butterfly heats and finished last of the event’s 64 competitors. She was more than 11 seconds slower than Cate Campbell of Australia’s fastest qualifying time. She is believed to be the youngest swimmer to have ever swum at a world championships. The pint-sized Bahraini is just happy to have met her idols like Missy Franklin of the USA and Sweden’s butterfly world champion Sarah Sjostrom having now swum both of her events in Kazan.

AFP

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