Ariful Islam, who has been in an Olympic solidarity scholarship program in Rouen in France since September last year, clocked 1:07.74 seconds to complete his race
Bangladesh made an average start in the 18th Fina World Championship as Mohammad Ariful Islam couldn’t better his personal best after finishing 78th out of 87 participants in the 100m breaststroke event in Gwangju, South Korea Sunday.
Ariful, who has been in an Olympic solidarity scholarship program in Rouen in France since September last year, clocked 1:07.74 seconds to complete his race.
His previous timing was 1:05.7 seconds during the national competition in March this year.
Earlier, the 20-year old swimmer from Kishoreganj clocked 1:07.51 seconds during the Commonwealth Games last year.
“I had a hectic 34-hour long journey from France to land in South Korea Thursday and couldn’t get enough time to adjust with the conditions here,” said Ariful to Dhaka Tribune over phone Saturday, adding that he would try to put a better display in his next event in the 50m freestyle Friday.
Bangladesh’s other swimmer Jewel Ahmed will take to the pool Monday in the 100m backstroke event, while London-based Bangladeshi expatriate swimmer Junayna Ahmed will begin her campaign in the 200m butterfly event Wednesday.