Aug 2, 2016
Gaurika Singh will be the youngest athlete at the Olympic Games which takes place in Brazil’s Rio de Janeiro from August 5-21.
At 13 years and 235 days, the five-foot one-inch swimmer is the youngest among over 10,000 athletes competing at these Games, the official website of the Rio Olympics confirmed on Monday. She currently lives with her parents in Britain and studies in grade eight at Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls in Elstree, Hertfordshire.
Ms. Singh firstt came to fame at the 12th South Asian Games (SAG) in Guwahati, India earlier this year. She won a silver in 200m individual medley and 3 bronze medals in 100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 400m freestyle--all in new national record timings.
She has set sights to better her own national record of 1 minute 7.31 seconds when she enters the Olympic pool to compete in 100m backstroke heats on Sunday. On behalf of NOC family we would like to extend our best wishes to Ms Gaurika Singh and all the participants from Nepal.