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Sierra Leone Sports: Salone swimmers ready for Rio games

SPORTSThe Sierra Leone Swimming, Diving and Water Polo Association have received the official confirmation from FINA (International Swimming Federation) to compete at the RIO 2016 Olympic Games in Brazil in August 2016.
As per FINA Rules with regards the Olympic Games, only swimmers who participate in the World Championships prior to the Olympic Games will be eligible to swim at the said Olympic Games.
Three swimmers Moris Beale, Osman Kamara and Bunturabie E. R. Jalloh, represented the country in the 16th FINA World Swimming Championships in Kazan, Russia last summer where the SL Swimming Federation became the first discipline in Sierra Leone.
However the two best performing SL swimmers at the 16TH FINA World Championships (one Male and One Female) viz Osman Kamara and Bunturabie Jalloh will be representing the country accompanied by the Head Coach, Bobson Mansaray and a Female coach, Fanta Sesay who will double as Chaperone for the female swimmer.
Osman Kamara is the SL national record holder in the 50m Freestyle event, breaking his record of 27.79 secs swum in Congo at the All African Games when he swum 27.39 secs in Dakar at the 5th African Zone 2 Swimming Championships in May 2016
Bunturabie Jalloh an SSS-4 (Senior Secondary School Level 4) student became the first female SL debutante when at age 17years; she competed in the World Stage in Kazan, and is the national record holder in the Breaststroke 50m event.
She has improved on her race times and strokes immensely since winning the 1st Dr. K. K. Bangura Memorial Swimming Championships at age 15, and since her return from Kazan and Congo, she now swims 40.12 secs in the Freestyle 50m event which she swum at 54.87 secs and 51.56 secs in Kazan and Brazzaville respectively
It is also worthy to note that in May 2016 the association traveled by road to take part in the African Swimming Championships held in Dakar, Senegal, where for the first time they were able to secure three Bronze medals in the team events. Osman Kamara was an integral part of the team that won these medals in the 4*200 Freestyle, 4*100 Freestyle and 4* 100 Medley relays for men bagging three Bronze medals.
Our swimmers will be competing with highly trained athletes from all over the world. We believe they deserve a fighting chance to compete on an equal footing with these other athletes and solicit your support in providing them with all the necessary logistics that would motivate them to be properly focused and perform beyond expectation at the games.
By Bernard Turay
Thursday July 14, 2016

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