By Twimepoki Mangani:
Malawi Aquatic Union (Mau) has hailed three swimmers who represented the country at the recent Fina World Championships for achieving personal best times.
The three—Felipe Gomes, Tayamika Chang’anamuno and Asher Banda— represented Malawi in the championships which ran from June 17 to July 3 in Budapest, Hungary.
Mau President Monica Chang’anamuno said the performances give them hope that the country could produce medal winners in the game.
“Our three swimmers either maintained or beat their personal records. Two of them travelled to the competition courtesy of Fina and we paid for another two.
“Our performance over the years has been consistent and this has helped us maintain our four slots. Our participation was on solidarity because we didn’t qualify. But we still had to send our swimmers for the sake of exposure,” Chang’anamuno said.
She said there is hope for Malawi to produce top class swimmers with the construction of the Aquatic Complex in Lilongwe.
“There is potential for us to produce podium athletes in the near future because of the Aquatic Complex. This will help us unearth more talent because swimmers will have the right facility for honing their skills.
“The complex will also help us conduct competitions and training sessions throughout the year. All along, it has been difficult to continue our activities during the cold season because we did not have the right facilities. But all that will be history once the complex is ready,” Chang’anamuno said.
Coach Brave Lifa said the swimmers broke personal records in different event categories and strokes.
“The performances were good. They managed to improve their personal best times and this is commendable,” Lifa said.
Gomes swam in the 100 metre (m) breaststroke with an entry time of 1:06:01 against a final time of 1:06:57 at the championships. In the 50m breaststroke, he managed an entry time of 29:50.
Chang’anamuno competed in the 100m freestyle whose entry time was 1:14:36 with a final time of 1:14.96.
She was also in the 50m freestyle with an entry time of 31.14 and a final time of 30.81.
Banda swam in the 100m freestyle with an entry time of 1:04.34 and a final time of 1:03.72. He managed a personal best time in the 50m long course pool after clocking 28:30 with an entry time of 27.86.
The championships are held every two years with events such as high diving, open water swimming and artistic swimming.
Malawi has been participating in the championships since 2015. Mana