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Friday, 12 August 2016

Rio Olympics: I have learnt a lot about swimming – Tonjor

Rio Olympics: I have learnt a lot about swimming – Tonjor
Nigeria swimmer, Rachael Tonjor, has described her experience at the Rio 2016 Olympics as “exciting”, saying she has learnt some lessons which will improve her in the sport.
Tonjor on Sunday crashed out of the women’s swimming 100m breaststroke event of the Olympics despite finishing third in heat one of the event.
She finished her race in 1:21.43secs behind Kos Island’s Zeqiri Rita and Nepal’s Singh Gaurika but could not qualify as she was ranked 42nd in the final qualifying list.
Tonjor is the Nigerian record-holder in the women’s 50m breaststroke, 100m breaststroke and the women’s 100m individual medley.

She told our correspondent that she had no regrets crashing out in the first round of the event.
“The experience in Rio has been very exciting. I have learnt a lot of lessons here which will help improve my career in swimming. One of them is to improve on my entering time,” she said.
“I am satisfied for with my performance but it was rather unfortunate that I couldn’t continue more than where I stopped. But it is more satisfying for me to be an Olympian before I retire from swimming. It’s wonderful it is the peak of the career for every sport man and sports woman.”
She praised her fellow swimmer, Samson Opuakpor, for his efforts.
Nigeria are returning to Olympic swimming after an eight-year hiatus. The country’s two swimmers were given invitation by FINA following their participation at the last World Championships.

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