Above left: Sri Lankan swimmer and BISP Swim Academy member Kimiko Raheem
Kimiko Raheem from the BISP Swim Academy won eight gold medals for her country Sri Lanka at the recent South Asian Aquatic Championship 2016, which concluded at the Colombo Sugathadasa Swimming Pool on Saturday 22 October.
All South Asian countries took part in the four day event, except for Afghanistan and Bhutan. Champions India were represented by 53 swimmers who took part in 191 events.
Hosts Sri Lanka were the runners-up winning 28 gold, 66 silver and 95 bronze medals, with Rio Olympian Kimiko winning five gold in individual events – the 200m freestyle, 100m freestyle, 200m backstroke, 50m freestyle, and 100m Backstroke – and three golds in the relays.
BISP Head Coach Colin Braund says, “Kimiko has shown that she has adapted well to training in a different environment here at BISP.
“Although the meet was not a major focus for the season she has posted times not far from her best which is always pleasing as a coach to see a swimmer perform well while in the midst of heavy training. We must now turn our focus on getting her fully prepared for the upcoming World Short Course championships in December.”