Asian Para Games: Uzbekistan's Amilova breaks two world records
Gemma Holliani Cahya
The Jakarta Post
Swimmer Fatimakhon Amilova of Uzbekistan broke another world record, this time in the women’s 100 meter SB13 breaststroke at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Center on Wednesday.
She set a new world record after clocking 1:09.57, three seconds faster than the world record she set at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics in Brazil.
The 19-year-old swimmer also broke a world record on Tuesday in the women’s 200 individual medley SM13 (visual impairment) after hitting the wall in 2:02, taking a second off the record set by Italy’s Carlotta Gilli in August.
“I am very glad that I won and broke the world record today [Wednesday] and yesterday [Tuesday]. I have been preparing for this for a long time and I want to thank everyone who supported me,” Amilova said after the medal ceremony on Wednesday.
“I came to this competition dreaming of breaking many world records. Tomorrow and the day after tomorrow I want to try even harder and break even more records,” she added. “For these achievements I have sacrificed many things, many times. I trained hard over the past four years. I only have a little time to have fun.”
Besides competing in the medley event, Amilova also competed in seven S13 (visual impairment) categories.
“The secret to my success is the intense training that I undertook and self-control. And, of course the endless support of my family,” she said.
Amilova revealed that she became interested in swimming as a child.
“I saw my brother training to be a professional swimmer, and I really wanted to be a great swimmer just like him, so I began training when I was 7 years old,” she said.
Amilova and her brother are coached by their father, Ravshanbek Amilova.
In an interview with The Jakarta Post on Tuesday, their coach said they were preparing for the upcoming Paralympic Games.
“Our next target is the 2020 Tokyo Paralympics,” he added.
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