Thursday, December 2, 2021

Freeman makes Olympics squad

Swimmer James Freeman has squeezed his way in the Botswana national team to compete at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games slated for July 23 to August 8. 

It will be Freeman’s maiden appearance at the World sporting extravaganza and will be expected to compete in the men’s 200m and 400m freestyle. Freeman is currently swimming for the University of Minnesota and his participation was confirmed by the university’s athletics department.

A statement read: “Kierra Smith and sophomore James Freeman are set to represent their respective home countries of Canada and Botswana later this summer. Smith will be competing in the women’s 100 m breaststroke, while Freeman will be taking on the men’s 200m and 400m freestyle. Since making strides amongst the best in the game, Freeman has set 12 national records and currently holds every individual freestyle, butterfly and medley records.”

On his path competing at the South African National Aquatic championships since 2018, Freeman has been amongst the best achievers tallying eight top six finishes. Despite failing to make it to the finals of the 2019 World Aquatics championships, the 20-year-old acquired experience needed to compete against the best swimmers in the world competing in the 400m freestyle.

RELATED STORIES

Read this week's paper