The youngest player of Rio Olympics 2016 Gaurika Singh of Nepal secured top finish in heat one of women’s 100 m backstroke on Sunday at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.
She, however, failed to surpass her own personal best and crashed out from the heats, the initial rounds which serve as qualifiers for the next rounds.
Gaurika, who turned 13 years and 255 days on Sunday, clocked 1 minute 8.45 seconds and failed to beat her own national record. She holds the national record of 1 minute 7.31 seconds in the event set during the 12th South Asian Games in February.
Overall, she finished in the 31stposition out of 34 competitors in the event. She was drawn along with Rita Zeqiri of Kosovo and Evelina Afoa of Samoa in heat one. Kathleen Baker of the United States of heat four topped the overall heats with a timing of 58.84 seconds.
Only top 16 finishers out of 34 competitors made it to the second round of heats.