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Farida Osman wins African Swimmer of the Year title

Farida Osman

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Egyptian swimmer Farida Osman has claimed the “Female African Swimmer of the Year” title in the 2015 Swammy Awards.

Osman had an impressive year, as she managed to beat several national and continental records in African and International swimming competitions.

She started her year at the 2015 Area Pro Swim Series in Santa Clara as the 20-year-old broke her previous Egyptian and African record after finishing the 50m fly competition in 26.08 seconds. In the same competition, Osman managed to break the Egyptian record in 50m freestyle after reaching the pads in 24.92 seconds.

Osman continued her brilliant year at the 2015 World championship in Kazan, Russia, where she reset her own Egyptian and African record, after finishing 5th in the 50m fly final in 25.78 seconds. She set another national record in 100m fly after finishing in 58.22 seconds.

The Egyptian champion concluded her 2015 achievements in the All African game in the Republic of Congo, as she broke another national record in women’s 100m freestyle, reaching the pads in 55.41 seconds. During the competition, Osman swam a 26.31 in the 50m butterfly, which put her 10th in the world ranking for this season.

Osman made her first Egyptian Olympic team appearance at the age of 17, when she represented Egypt at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. She has also qualified to the 2016 Olympics in Rio De Janeiro, where she will be competing in the 100m butterfly, 100m free and 50m free.

In 2011, Osman became the first Egyptian to win the Junior World Championship. She also became the first Egyptian female swimmer to reach the final of a FINA World championship, after she set an Egyptian record in the semi-final in the 50m butterfly of the 2013 tournament in Barcelona.

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