Malaysian swimmer qualifies for Olympics
The unexpected and she qualifies to be citizen of the summer Olympics in London this July.
Heidi Gan splashed her way to Olympic history in the chilly waters of Setubal Bay in Portugal on Saturday.
The 22-year-old earned her ticket to represent Malaysia in the women’s 10km open water swimming at the London Olympics after claiming the continental slot at the world qualifying meet in Portugal.
Heidi posted an impressive 1:48.17 for 28th placing in a field of 41 swimmers but she got the Asian continental slot as Fang Yanjiao of China (fifth), Natasha Tang of Hong Kong (12th) and Kida Yumi of Japan (13th) were among the top 15 qualifiers for the Games. – The Star Online
This is an Olympic dream come true for Heidi, who convert herself from pool to open water and she opted for a sport that has low competitors.
What she achieved should be a sample of choice of sports if one want to fulfill dreams. Many young and aspiring kids love to jump onto a popular sports with stiff competition and in the end landed nowhere. Now doubt skills helps but with too many with the same skill makes selection difficult.