The 2015 FINA World Championships are set to begin Sunday morning. An athlete from Bahrain will make history as the youngest swimmer to ever compete at a World Championships.
10-year-old Alzain Tareq will swim in the biggest meet of 2015 with the best competition in the world. She’s prepared to swim the 50 meter fly and 50 meter freestyle in Kazan.
Alzain has been swimming since she was 4 years old with the support of her father, Tareq Juma Salem. She trains twice a day and has been traveling to meets since she was 5 or 6. Salem isn’t worried about Alzain feeling overwhelmed. She loves a challenge, and has been competing in championship meets in Bahrain since the age of 7.
“Everyone is asking her what she is going to swim, asking her how old she is. One of the coaches who works with Campbell interviewed her the other day. I’m sure the World Championships will be an unforgettable experience for her,” Salem told Sport 360.
Salem also spoke of one of his daughter’s coaches, Khalifa Ali, who recently passed away. Alzain will be swimming in honor of him.
Alzain’s goals at the meet are to clock a 34 or faster in the 50 free and a 41 or faster in the 50 fly. She’ll swim the 50 fly on August 7th and the 50 free on August 8th.