Haseeb falters in 100m freestyle swimming event in Tokyo Olympics

By our correspondent
KARACHI: Pakistani swimmer Syed Haseeb Tariq could not produce his personal best time in the 100 metre freestyle swimming competitions at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.
Canada-based Haseeb clocked 53.81 seconds and failed to beat his personal best timing of 53.34.
He finished overall 62nd among 71 competitors of which one did not swim at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre.
Haseeb swam in heat-2, carrying eight swimmers, in which he ended sixth. As many as 16 swimmers had to qualify for the semi-finals.
Haseeb feels that having not competed for one and a half year at any stage due to Covid might be the reason behind his Tuesday’s performance.
“There was no issue. I just didn’t have a good race,” Haseeb said.
“Training times and everything else were on point. It happens in swimming where you get one shot only. Having not raced in one and a half year could be a big reason for today’s performance. I mean lack of racing. A big component of swimming is to race regularly and that part was missed out due to covid. All the preparation was good, just race didn’t plan out as expected,” Haseeb said.
However the Karachi swimmer was happy that he learnt a lot while competing at such a major stage.
“It was a great experience, a lot was learned,” Haseeb said. “The pressure of the Olympics is not comparable to any other competition. I am glad and proud to represent Pakistan at this high stage and hope to carry this experience over for the future. I have more hunger to train harder and qualify for the Olympics in 2024,” Haseeb said.
Bisma Khan is the other swimmer who will compete in the 50 metre freestyle on July 30.

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