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MBABANE – Swimming star Siwakhile Dlamini has managed to get a third place finish in her last event on the big stage.

Dlamini, who is the Eswatini Swimming team captain, formed part of the representatives of the country in the 2023 World Aquatics Championship in Fukuoka, Japan. The competition started on July 14 and it wrapped up yesterday. The swimmer competed in the Women 50m freestyle and secured third position with a time of 30.78 seconds in her heat. However, her time did not allow her to qualify to the next round. Worth noting was that she also secured position four with personal best (PB) of 1:07:78 in the Women 100m Freestyle in another event she participated in on Thursday.


The athlete said she was impressed with her performance. “I’m feeling really happy about my swim overall. It wasn’t the time I had wanted to swim but I’m happy that I was able to finish strong,” Dlamini said. Team coach Welcome Nhlabatsi said he was happy with the performance because this was the first time Dlamini participated in World Championships. “She did very well for a first big event and I hope she continues to work hard in next events to come. It would have been good for her to improve her time but she did not start the race well. With more championships lined-up, she will have an opportunity to do even better,” Nhlabatsi said. While some team members, such as Hayley Hoy, have already left Japan for Eswatini, Dlamini with the coach who is part of the remaining individuals will be back tomorrow.