Swimming: Egypt’s Osman reaches World Championship final, betters own record

Ahram Online , Friday 28 Jul 2017

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File photo of Egyptian swimmer Farida Osman at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games (Photo: Reuters)

Egyptian swimmer Farida Osman has made it to the World Championship final for the third time in a row after finishing eighth in the women's 50m butterfly semifinals in Budapest on Friday, setting a new personal and African record in the process.

After breaking her own record on Friday morning, finishing fifth in the 50m butterfly heats with a time of 25.74 seconds, Osman even bettered that figure with a 25.73 seconds-finish in the competition’s semis.

The 22-year-old will take part in the final on Saturday. 

Having finished seventh in the World Championship in Barcelona 2013, Osman became the first-ever Egyptian swimmer to qualify for a final at any FINA World Championship.

Two years later, she finished fifth in the 50m fly at the 2015 World Championship after clocking 25.78 seconds, an African record at the time. 

The FINA World Championships – or World Aquatics Championships – are the main global competition for aquatic sports: swimming, diving, high-diving, open-water swimming, synchronised swimming, and water polo.

The tournament runs from 14 to 30 July this year.

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