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This 10 Year Old Girl Is The Youngest Swimmer At 2015 World Swimming Championship

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  •  August 12, 2015


At the age of ten, most of us were dreamers living in our own fantasy worlds, some of us (like me) were sleepers who had no clue about life, and then there were those exceptional ones: achievers, who clearly knew their goal and were striving towards it.

Today I read about one such ‘achiever’ who recently participated in a world championship.

Any guesses who I’m speaking about? No? Don’t strain your brain. Allow me to do the talking.

Alzain Tareq, a ten year old girl from Bahrain, is the youngest swimmer to participate in the 2015 World Aquatics Championship held in Kazan, Russia from 24th July to 9th August. It may apparently seem that this girl must have been lost and disoriented amidst the taller and much older girls of her league, but in actuality, she was the one with a lot of eyes glued at her!

“I was wondering how they make suits that small!” exclaimed an American star, Missy Franklin on seeing her.

With the bigger picture in mind of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, Alzain cleared the preliminary heat at this championship with a time of 41.13 seconds, which is 15.70 seconds less than the leading qualifier Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden, who also happens to be Alzain’s idol.

Swimming in the same pool and competing with your own idol! That sure is a remarkable instance that not everyone gets to witness!

During her first few days in Kazan, Alzain rejoiced getting pictures clicked with swimmers from different countries, and now is such a time where athletes are approaching her to get pictures clicked. She also received a variety of compliments ranging from “A young swimmer with so much confidence, and she knows what she wants!” to “the cutest thing I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Well, truth be told, even I can’t resist appreciating this Olympic-winner in the making for her dedicated spirit and ambitious goals that she has at the mere age of ten! Bravo girl!

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