Sierra Leone Swimming Association’s national team vice-captain, Osman Kamara will start Team Sierra Leone’s campaign at this year’s Rio Olympic Games today Thursday August 11th at around 1:02 PM local time (4:02 PM Sierra Leone time).
The 28-year-old swimmer will compete in the Men’s 50m freestyle of heat two at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio and has already been assigned lane five (5).
He said just after Wednesday’s training: “I have the self-confidence and believe that I am well prepared this time compared to the World Championship in Kazan. I hope to use the experience gained in Kazan to help achieve something from my heat and possibly making it to the next round.”
The local based swimmer whose personal best time of 27.39 sec will compete against Borhane Ahmed Abro from Djibouti who is placed in lane two (2) and has a time of 28.37 sec, Nikolas Sylvester of St Vincent & the Grenadines in lane 1, Sudanese Abdelaziz Mohamed Ahmed who goes into the game with a time 27.88 sec in lane 3, Albachir Moctar from Niger in lane 4, Emeric Kpegba from Togo in lane 6, Burkina Faso Tindwendé Thierry Sawadogo who has 28.39 sec is in lane 7 and Dienov Andres Koka from Congo is in lane 8.
Kamara is heading to the pool with wide range of experience as he has already represented Sierra Leone in three world championships; the 2012 11th FINA World Championship in Turkey, the Barcelona World Championship in 2013 and last year at Kazan 2015 World championship.
A total of 16 swimmers with the best time 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: Ministry of Sports (MOS)