Youngest athlete in Beijing happy with her performance

August 15th, 2008 - 10:06 pm ICT by IANS  

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Beijing, Aug 15 (DPA) The youngest athlete competing in the Beijing Olympics, 12-year-old Antoinette Guedia Mouafo, said after swimming in the women’s 50m freestyle that she was very happy with her performance. The Cameroon swimmer, who will turn 13 Oct 21, was handed a huge bouquet of flowers by organisers after finishing her race in 33.59 seconds, which she said proudly was a personal best.

The girl got a wildcard for the event at the Beijing Olympics. Wildcards are given to developing countries without good facilities as an opportunity to enter swimmers, even if they do not make the qualifying times.

And although she was 9.39 sec behind the fastest time swum by Cate Campbell, she still managed to leave seven swimmers behind her.

Guedia, who trains three to five times a week in a hotel pool in her home town of Douala, said that she was very proud to have competed in the Olympics.

“The Olympics are a very important competition and only the best participate. I am very proud that I was one of them.

“When I finish school, I would love to study medicine in France,” she said.

But she still has a long way to go and until such time, she will continue swimming and dream of competing in London 2012.
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