Zim swimmers struggle in Doha

HARARE - Zimbabwe's four-men swimming team is finding the going tough at the 12th Fina Swimming World Championships which got underway on Wednesday in Doha.

The 2014 edition has welcomed athletes from 160 different countries with Zimbabwe’s four competitors among the over 900 swimmers.

Day one of the five-day event saw James Lawson clock 1.03.59 minutes and coming 63rd out of 99 swimmers in the 100metres(m) breaststroke.

Peter Wetzlar proved to be Zimbabwe’s best performer on the day, posting two personal bests in the 100m butterfly with a time of 55,9seconds and the 100m backstroke in 57,3seconds, improving his ranking in both events.

However, the proceedings of that day clearly belonged to Mireia Belmonte Garcia of Spain who won two gold medals, breaking two world records in the process.

Yesterday’s meet saw the South African based duo of Wetzlar and Chad Idesons post personal bests in the 50m freestyle both going under 23 seconds.

Australia-based Robin Lee of Zimbabwe withdrew due to a shoulder injury, but will be swimming in Bulawayo next week at the African Union Sports Commission (AUSC) Region V Youth Games.

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