Hailed as the youngest among over 10,000 athletes competing at the Olympic Games Rio 2016, Nepali swimming sensation Gaurika Singh is ready to hit the waters in the heat round of the women’s 100m backstroke event at the Olympics Aquatics Stadium on Sunday (August 7, 2016).
As per the qualifying time, she is in the Heat 1 along with Kosovo’s Rita Zeqiri and Evelina Afoa of Samoa in the three-player field. A total of 34 swimmers are taking part in the event and top 16 athletes after the heats will make it to the second phase.
The 13-year-old stole the limelight in the 12th South Asian Games when she became the first Nepali to win individual section medal in the regional meet. Singh claimed one silver and three bronze medals in Guwahati, India earlier this year.
Singh’s main target in Rio is to break the national record. She holds the record of one minute, 7.31 seconds in 100m backstroke event, set during the 12th SAG in India.
Catch her compete for the medal at 9:47pm (Nepal Time).