Swimming: Egyptian butterfly Farida Osman 'can't wait for Tokyo Olympic Games'

Mahmoud Elassal , Sunday 28 Mar 2021

Farida Osman enhanced her reputation as one of Egypt's best ever swimmers after claiming the bronze medal in the women's 50m butterfly event at the World Championship

Farida Osman
Egypt's Farida Osman competes in a heat for the women's 50m butterfly event during the swimming competition at the 2019 World Championships at Nambu University Municipal Aquatics Center in Gwangju, South Korea, on July 26, 2019 AFP

Egyptian Swimmer Farida Osman has booked her place in the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games after claiming the gold medal of the 100 metres butterfly at the International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) that was held in the US late on Saturday.

It's the third time for Farida Osman to represent Egypt in the Olympic Games as she made her first appearance in London - in 2012  - at the age of 17. She finished 41st in the 50m freestyle.
 
Four years later at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, Osman finished 18th in the 50m freestyle and qualified for the semis in the 100m butterfly event, where she ended fifth in her heat - 12th overall - with a time of 58.26, setting an African record in the process.
 
"[I] can’t wait to represent Egypt at my third Olympics this summer. Thank you all for your continuous support," Farida said on her twitter account after claiming the achievement.
The Egyptian butterfly claimed great achievements in July 2019 after she gave Egypt its first-ever medal at the swimming World Championships by winning a bronze medal - in Budapest two years ago - in the same 50m butterfly event.
 
Farida Osman enhanced her reputation as one of Egypt's best ever swimmers after claiming the bronze medal at the women's 50m butterfly event at the World Championship, which was held in South Korea's Gwangju in July 2019.
 
The 26-year-old, started swimming at the age of four and represented Egypt at the 2011 FINA Junior World Championships before becoming an Olympian, at the age of 17, when she was invited to the 2012 London Olympic Games.
 
She was seventh at the World Championships in 2013 but two years later she finished fifth in the 50m butterfly after clocking 25.78 seconds, an African record at the time. She still holds the African record with a 25.39 seconds finish from Budapest.
 
The 2020 Olympic Games is an international multi-sport event scheduled to take place behind closed doors from 23 July to 8 August 2021 in Tokyo, Japan.
 
It was originally due to take place from 24 July to 9 August 2020 but it was postponed in March 2020 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
 
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