Swimming is the first of the major events to take place in Rio, as it is at every Olympics. With this in mind team Zimbabwe (Swimming) set off for Rio on the 27th July to acclimatise and do our final preparations for this spectacular event. At every event the most important issue that affects the organisers is to provide tv coverage to the rest of the world at times that ensure that as many spectators as possible can watch it live. With the time differences in Rio vs the rest of the world this has made life a little difficult, once again, for the athletes. Heats will be swum at 1pm local time which is 8 am Zimbabwe time with finals at 10 pm local time which will be 5 pm here at home. However for the athletes who are competing in relays or doing doping tests they will get home around 1 – 2 am and then they must eat and sleep through until around 11 am! That will take some serious adjustment to the body clocks.
Kirsty is attending her 5th Olympics and is really excited about the prospect of competing for the last time at such a big event. Sean is going for the very first time and has all his expectations and nerves to manage, thankfully we have Kirsty to keep him grounded and give him all the advice he needs. The opening ceremony takes place at 11.30 pm local time 6.30 pm Zim time on Friday 5th. Swimming officially begins on the 6th, but fortunately our swimmers have time to recover from the opening ceremony and are not in action on Day one.
Kirsty swims the 100 back in the first event of Day 2 7th August
Kirsty swims the 200 IM in the last event of Day 3 8th August
Sean swims the 100 free in the first event of Day 4, 9th August
Kirsty swims the 200 back in the last event of Day 6, 11th August
Should Kirsty make semi finals they are swum on the same day as the heats, and finals are swum in the following day’s evening session.
Your support is vital to our swimmers who will be doing their very best to achieve their life long dreams – Kirsty one more medal and Sean a pb and a new national record.