Nepali swimmer Singh youngest Olympian at Rio 2016

- Post Report, Kathmandu

Aug 2, 2016-

Nepal's wonder kid Gaurika Singh imprinted her name in the history books by becoming the youngest athlete of the 31st Olympic Games scheduled for August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

With 13 years and 235 days, the five-foot on inch (5'1'') the Nepali swimmer was named as the youngest among the over 10,000 athlete to compete in Rio Olympics, according to the official Rio Olympics website. She was born on 26, 2002 in Nepal but currently lives with her parents in London. Her mother Garima is a former SLC board topper.

"She’s special. It’s unbelievable that she's the youngest Olympian in Rio and amazing how she copes with all the pressure," her father Paras, a urologist at Royal Free Hospital in London, was quoted as saying by the website.

"I wanted to go (to the Rio) but wasn’t sure I’d be able to because I’d be too young," said the five-foot-one athlete. "When I found out a month ago, it was a big shock." She will compete in 100m backstroke heats on Sunday and hopes to better her national record of 1:07.31 in the event in Rio.

Singh broke Nepal’s drought of individual medal at international event, claiming one silver (200m individual medley) and three bronze medals (200m backstroke 100m backstroke, 400m freestyle) during the 12th South Asian Games in Assam and Guwahati in India early this year.

She has been training at the Barnett Copthall Swimming Club in Mill Hill area of north west London Singh for the last four years. “She (Singh) has matured over the last couple of years especially after getting exposed to the high-level competitions like World Cup in Dubai, SA Games and World Championships in Kazan. Those events have helped her grow,” her British coach Rhys Gormley recently said to the Post in London.

Published: 02-08-2016 17:57

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