Jordan’s Khader Baqlah Makes a Splash at Rio 2016 Olympics

The youngster burst to life by winning heat one in the Olympic Aquatics Centre!

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Khader Baqlah

Jordan’s Khader Baqlah has got the Kingdom off to an excellent start at Rio 2016 Olympic Games. The seventeen-year old teenage swimmer has made history by winning his heat at the Rio Olympic Games 200m freestyle event on Sunday, August 7th.

The teenage sensation won heat one in the Olympic Aquatics Centre in a time of 1:48.42. Baqlah has been in superb form over the last 12 months and his current best could see him win his heat and reach the second round at Rio. Baqlah set the smashing record in front of 70,000 spectators.

Khader, who is making his Olympic debut, has excelled in the past two years, shaving nearly four seconds off his record over the past 12 months alone to become his country’s first swimmer to compete at an Olympics with a B time in qualifying.

Khader is the younger brother of Talita who will be going in the 50m freestyle later this week. The brother-sister pairing are the first Jordan siblings to compete at the same Games. Here’s wishing luck to the duo! Make us all proud!

Khader Baqlah Rio 2016

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