Egypt's Farida Osman reaches 50m butterfly final in World Swimming Championships

Ahram Online , Friday 7 Aug 2015

Farida Hisham Osman
Farida Hisham Osman (Photo: Farida Osman Facebook page)

Egyptian swimmer Farida Osman qualified for the 50m butterfly final on Friday in the World Swimming Championships in Russia's Kazan, setting an Egyptian and African record in the process.

Osman finished with 25.88 seconds, beating her own record of 26.08 which she achieved last June at Arena 2015 Pro-series in Santa Clara.

Swedish world record holder Sarah Sjostrom came first of the heats with 25.06 seconds.

Osman, the 20-year-old swimmer who plied her trade at Cairo's Gezira club, finished 7th in the 2013 Barcelona World Championships, marking the best ever result for Egypt at the World Swimming Championships.

She will be eyeing a historic medal when the 50m butterfly final takes place on Saturday afternoon. 

She will also swim the preliminaries of the 50m freestyle on Saturday morning,  

Osman finished 16th in the 100m freestyle, but didn't qualify for the semi-final after losing a swimoff.

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