Sierra Leone’s female swimming teenager, Bunturabie Jalloh is set to write her name in the country’s history books by becoming the West African nation’s first ever female swimmer to compete in an Olympic Games.
The 18-year-old Bilingual International High School pupil will on Friday August 12 at 13: 35 (Brazilian time and 16:35 in Sierra Leone) make her debut at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in the 50m Freestyle heat one (1) at the Aquatics Stadium, Barra Olympic Park.
After seeing her counterpart, Osman Kamara lower his Personal Best in Thursday’s event, Jalloh is determined to put up a good fight for a respectable finish and also improve on her timing.
“My priority is to break my personal best time without any disqualification,” she said and added:
“I am going to the race as the underdog and also with the slowest time but that does not mean I am afraid or should be afraid of who my opponents are.”
Jalloh was Sierra Leone’s flag-bearer during the opening ceremony at the Maracana Stadium.
Credit: Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL), Fully Supported: Ministry of Sports (MOS)