Gaurika competing in 100 meters backstroke in Rio Olympics today

Published On: August 7, 2016 04:34 PM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Aug 7: Swimmer Gaurika Singh of Nepal is competing in the qualifying round of the 100 meters backstroke in Rio Olympics on Sunday.

She will compete along with Rita Zeqiri of Kosovo and Evelina Afoa of Samoa in heat one at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium at 9:47 pm. The match will be telecasted live on Start Sports Network in Nepal.

Singh is the youngest player to compete in the Rio Olympics.

In February, Gaurika became the first Nepali swimmer to break the country's individual medal drought in international swimming during the 12th South Asian Games as she raked up four medals. She claimed silver in 200 m individual medley and bronze medals in 200 m and 100 m backstroke events and 400 m freestyle.

Gaurika had been training at Copthall Swimming Club under coaches Rhys Gormley and Christine Green.

She competed in FINA World Championship in Kazan, Russia and FINA Swimming World Cup in Dubai last year.


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