Katai wins heat but……

 

PHILLIMON MHLANGA

 

Teenage swimming sensation, Donata Katai, on Sunday set a new personal best time in the women’s 100 metres (m) backstroke event at the ongoing Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games in Japan’s capital.

She came first in heat one with a time of 1:02:73. India’s Maana Patel was second with a time of 1:05:20 and Kimberly Ince of Grenada was third in 1:10:24.

However, Katai, was placed 34 out of 41 swimmers from the six heats, meaning she will not progress to the semi-finals.

The best 16 progressed to the semi-finals.

It is the first time in the history that a black swimmer has represented Zimbabwe at the Olympic Games.

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