Egyptian swimmer Farida Osman has earned a spot in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics by winning a gold medal at the International Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) finals. Held in the US, the four-day tournament saw Osman participate in three of its events and winning the gold medal in all three of them.
The 26-year-old won gold in the 50 meters butterfly event with a time of 26.08 seconds and later went on to also win the top spot in the 50 meters freestyle. However, it was winning gold in the 100 meters butterfly event that led Osman to secure her place in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The two-time NCAA 100 fly champion accomplished a remarkable feat of swimming by touching the wall first at a recorded time of 57.84 seconds and with a 2.5 second lead over the rest of the field. In doing so, Osman nearly matched her lifetime best from the 2016 Summer Olympics by finishing within .01 seconds from it. She had placed 12th overall at the games held in Rio while setting the Egyptian record.
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The Egyptian Swimming Federation congratulated the swimming champion on Facebook, writing, “Congratulations to the golden butterfly Farida Osman, for her qualification to the Tokyo Olympics with a time of 57.84 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly race, congratulations to Egypt.” Osman also took to Instagram to share the news. “Can’t wait to represent Egypt in my 3rd Olympics this summer! Thank you all for your continuous support,” she wrote.
Dubbed “The Golden Fish,” Osman made history in 2017 as the first Egyptian woman to win the bronze medal in the 50 meters butterfly at the FINA World Aquatics Championships. Speaking to Vogue Arabia in a previous interview on the importance of representation in sports she said, “I would say to young Arab girls that please pursue sports. At the end of the day, it’s your journey, you’re in control of it. Just do whatever it takes until it becomes a reality. Commitment, discipline, sacrifice, patience.”