Sierra Leone's 18-year-old swimmer, Bunturabie Jalloh will be the country's flag bearer during Friday's opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics Games at the Maracana Stadium in Brazil.
The youngster who will compete in the 50 meters sprint swimming event in this year’s games will became the first teenager to carry the trio colors of Sierra Leone in an Olympic Games.
The Olympic first timer will become the second female Athlete to carry the country’s flag in successive Olympic Games after retired long jumper, Ola Sesay did during the last Games in London 2012.
“I’m very so humbled and proud to lead my country into the opening ceremony. I look forward to see what the ceremony will look like," Jalloh said.
Despite preparing herself to compete in the Games, the teenager is also getting ready for her West Africa Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination after the Olympic Games.
This will mark Jalloh's fourth international competition for Sierra Leone after she represented the country in the 2015 Swimming World Championship, the All Africa Games in Congo Brazzaville and also at this year’s 5th Africa Zone II championship in Dakar, Senegal.
She was part of the team that won a bronze medal in the 4×200 Freestyle and 4×100 Freestyle.
Credit: Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL) Fully Supported by the Ministry of Sports