Osman Kamara starts Salone Olympic campaign today
Sierra Leone Swimming national team vice-captain, Osman Kamara will starts Team Sierra Leone’s campaign at this year’s Rio Olympic Games today Thursday August 11 at around 1:02 PM local time (4:02 PM Sierra Leone time). (Photo: Osman Kamara during Wednesday’s training session Photo: Magdalene Konneh)
The 28-year-old swimmer will compete in the Men’s 50m freestyle heat two at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio and has already been drafted in lane five (5).
Today’s event will mark Kamara’s debut in the Olympic Games and the Sierra Leone vice-captain is excited to be representing the country alongside the world’s very best sportsmen and women.
He said just after Wednesday’s training: “I have the self-confidence and believe that I am well prepared this time compare to the World Championship in Kazan. I hope to use the experience gain in Kazan to help achieve something from this heat and possibly making it to the next heat.”
The local based swimmer who owns a personal best 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 have to progress to the next phase.
Story Credit: Sports Writers Association of Sierra Leone (SWASAL), Fully Supported: Ministry of Sports (MOS)
By: Sahr Morris Jr in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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