Swimming star Kimiko wins gold medal at Singapore Nationals | Daily News

Swimming star Kimiko wins gold medal at Singapore Nationals

Kimiko Raheem on the podium with her gold medal at the Singapore National Swimming Championships.
Kimiko Raheem on the podium with her gold medal at the Singapore National Swimming Championships.

Sri Lanka swimming star Kimiko Raheem won the gold medal in the Women’s 100 metre Backstroke event at Singapore National Championships clocking a time 1 minute 04.10 seconds yesterday earning 740 FINA points.

The 20-year-old increased her chances of qualifying for the FINA World Championships with this feat.

Kimiko is the only Sri Lankan female swimmer to have scored over 700 FINA points, proving her talent once again at the Singapore National swimming championships.

Pedersen Elena (1:04.19) finished second while Fajar Ejavi (1:04.76) took third place.

Kimiko represented the country at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She won multiple gold medals at the 2016 South Asian Games in the backstroke and freestyle events, bagging the highest number of medals by a Sri Lankan woman at that Games held in India.

She is the younger sister of Mayumi Raheem and Machiko Raheem, both of whom hold national records themselves. Kimiko was also a semi-finalist at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in the 100m Backstroke event. She has numerous Sri Lankan national records and South Asian records to her name.

Kimiko currently lives in USA pursuing her higher studies and also works hard to develop her swimming skills with advanced training. She also trained at the Thanyapura Aquatic Training Centre from mid-2015 leading up to the Olympic Games. This was under a FINA scholarship awarded to swimmers from several countries.


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