Swimmer Alzain Tareq of Bahrain stood out at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia, on Friday — because she’s pint-sized compared to the rest field. Tareq is just 10 years old, but set a remarkable record when she competed in the 50-meter butterfly event at the worlds, the youngest swimmer to ever do so. She finished last in her heat and last among the 64 other swimmers at the worlds, but the experience was a win for her because it brought her closer to achieving her goal of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Tareq, who’s been swimming since age four and is already one of the best in her country, is coached by her father, a former swimmer. “She has the experience of competing, but this is a completely different level,” he told The Associated Press. “She is loving it,” he said, adding that he’s careful not to be burning out his young daughter. Tareq not only caught the eyes of her competitors, former Olympic champ Kirsty Coventry from Zimbabwe was taken aback by the precocious girl. “It’s exciting to see such a young swimmer with so much confidence,” she said.
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