Zimbabwe: Rising Swimmer Breaks 100m Record


Young swimmer, Mikayla Makwabarara, set the bar high when she broke a long-standing 100m freestyle record.

The mark had been set by swimming icon, Kirsty Coventry, at the Harare Amateur Swimming Senior Championships.

Makwabarara broke the record recently at Les Brown.

The championships, featuring Harare clubs, are held over two weekends and they will be meeting for the final two days, this weekend.

But, it is the opening weekend which saw a couple of national records, as well as several Harare records, being broken.

The records are subject to ratification.

However, it was Makwabarara of Highlands Swimming Club, who was outstanding, when she swam 1min 03.97s to break the 100m freestyle record of 1min 04.34s set by Coventry in 1995 in the 12-years-old age group.

Coventry, who is Africa’s most decorated Olympian, is now the Youth, Sport, Arts and Recreation minister.

“I am really proud of myself. Before the race, I was really determined and I was quite nervous,” said Makwabarara.

“But, I just pushed myself, even though I was tired. I tried hard and I managed to do it.

“I know how it feels like, after you have done something good, and I just wanted that feeling of victory and to be proud of myself.

“I didn’t think I was going to get below the time of the record so, I was really surprised when I looked at the board and I saw that I had gotten a better time.”

The 12-year-old is back in the pool this weekend, for the final two days of the competition.

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