KARACHI: Dubai-based swimmer and Pakistan’s representative Lianna Swan crashed out of the 200-metre event at the Fina World Championships 2013 in Barcelona yesterday.
She clocked two minutes and 32.16 seconds in the individual medley category, according to the official Fina website.
Swann finished bottom in 44th position with a difference of 24.16 seconds from Hungary’s Katinka Hosszu, who topped the qualifying heat in two minutes and 8.45 seconds.
The top 16 swimmers qualified for the 200m Individual medley semi-finals.
Despite a disappointing start at the opening day of the World Swimming Championship, Swann improved her personal time by 1.19 seconds.
She has been representing Pakistan in the international event for two years now and trains at the Hamilton Aquatics Club in Dubai under coach Ashley Morris.
The swimmer will now compete in the women’s 100m breast stroke event today after qualifying for the second heat of the competition in one minute 22.62 seconds.
However, the Pakistan Swimming Federation (PSF) has not confirmed the country’s participation in the event.
PSF officials have not commented on whether the federation sent any local or foreign-based swimmers to Spain for the event despite attempts made by The Express Tribune.
Recently, country’s top athlete, Lahore-based Kiran Khan had stated her wish to participate in international events. However, the PSF did not approach her for the world championships despite her performance at the National Games, where she won 15 gold medals out of 19 in the swimming events.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 29th, 2013.
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