Ghana’s swimming sensation, Zaira Forson, put up a strong performance to win a silver medal in the Open Water Championship held at the Aqua Safari Resort at Ada last Sunday to climax the seventh Africa Zone Two Swimming and Open Water Championships in Accra.
The competition which was held from 5th-8th March served as qualifiers for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
Zaira recorded a time of 1:43.04 hours in the women’s 5km Open Water event, finishing in second position behind Senegal’s Diagne Sophia Catherine who swam in a record time of 1:39.07 hours to win the gold medal.
It was an improved performance by 15-year-old Zaira, who sliced 10 minutes off her previous mark that won her gold over the same distance at the 2018 Africa Zone Two Swimming and Open Water Championships in Dakar, Senegal.
Last Sunday’s feat took her tally to 13 medals overall, comprising eight individual medals (including the Women’s 400 metres Individual Medley, 200m Backstroke, 400m Freestyle) and five team medals during the three-day competition at the Bukom International Pool in Accra and the Aqua Safari Resort.
After her impressive performance, she said the championship had exposed her weakness, which she would work on, as well as build on her strengths to become a superstar and a future Olympic swimmer.
Ghana grabbed 29 medals after the championships but failed to secure a qualification spot for the Tokyo Olympics as none of the athletes entered for the competition made the Olympic qualification time though the team grabbed 29 medals after the championship.
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