Sierra Leone swimmer, Osman Kamara showered praises on the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil two days before he takes to the pool for his debut in the games.
Kamara will be the first Sierra Leonean to be in action in this year’s games where he will battle against the likes of Niger Albachir Mouctar and Abdelaziz Ahmed Mohamed of Sudan in Pool two (2) of the men's 50m Freestyle heat one.
He said: “When I walked into the arena, I just imagined it was filled with people. –Reflecting back home with the type of facilities we have, my confidence grew and i stated saying to myself I need to prove to the world that despite coming from a nation without such facilities, I can do better. “
The Sierra Leone swimmer goes into action on Thursday August 11 as the second highly rated athlete in his heat for the 50m Freestyle in Pool 2 battle with a personal best time of 27.70 sec, while Niger Mouctar is top rated with time 27.57.
A total of eight swimmers are in Pool 2 and according to the games progression rules, only the best 16 athletes from the 11 heats- (which includes an overall total of 87 swimmers)-will progress to the next phase.
Story Credit: Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL), Fully Supported by the Ministry of Sports (MOS)