O’Hara books place in FINA youth games

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Sport - Ricky Zililo Se­nior Reporter Sports

THE Fal­cons Swim­ming Club’s Liam O’Hara’s 100m breast­stroke time of one minute 07.86 sec­onds in the boys’ 15-16 years age-group saw him be­come the first Mata­bele­land Am­a­teur Swim­ming Board (MASB) swimmer to book a place in next year’s In­ter­na­tional Sw imm ing Fed­er­a­tion (FINA) Youth Games. The qual­i­fy­ing time for the FINA 15-16 age group 100m breast­stroke to be held at a venue yet to be an­nounced is one minute 08.08 sec­onds.

O’Hara booked a place for the world meet at last Fri­day’s MASB Gala held at the Bu­l­awayo City Pool.

MASB chair­per­son Nokuthula Cypri­anos heaped praised on O’Hara, one of the three MASB swim­mers to have qual­i­fied for next year’s South Africa Ju­nior Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships to be held in Dur­ban in March.

“As a board we’re happy to see swim­mers man­ag­ing to at­tain qual­i­fy­ing times for in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tions which shows that the clubs, coaches and ath­letes are re­ally do­ing a com­mend­able job.

“O’Hara is one of our best swim­mers and we’re happy to see him book­ing a place for next year’s FINA Youth Games.

“It is our hope that he’ll qual­ify for more events and his qual­i­fi­ca­tion will also in­spire other swim­mers to bet­ter their times,” said Cypri­anos.

The other Bu­l­awayo based swim­mers who will join O’Hara at the South African Ju­nior Swim­ming Cham­pi­onships are Bar­racu­das’ Cory Wer­ret and De­nil­son Cypri­anos of Pen­guins.

Mean­while, Cru­saders’ Markye Koen set a Mata­bele­land record in the girls’ 50m freestyle with a time of 28.55 sec­onds. She broke the pre­vi­ous record of 28.77 sec­onds which was held by M Leach — @ZililoR.

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