Swakopmunder qualifies for Olympic games

Rudi Bowe

The 24-year-old long-distance open-water swimmer, Philip Seidler of Swakopmund, became the first Namibian in history to qualify for the Olympic Games. Seidler qualified after a gruelling two-hour swim in the 10-kilometer open water discipline.

Seidler competed against 49 other swimmers from across the world and crossed the finish line 25th in a time of 2 hours 03 minutes and 11.20 seconds at FINA, the world governing body of swimming’s last open water swimming Olympic qualifying event in Setubal, Portugal.
Seidler said “My qualification for Tokyo is a dream come true after eight years of dedication, sacrifice and bitter hard work. I learned anew on Sunday that it is impossible to prepare mentally for this kind of competition.
“It will be five hard weeks before the Games, because there are still a lot of things, I want to work on to do better in Japan.”
“I want to thank my mother (Nadja) for all the endless hours she spent coaching me as well as my father Helmut for his financial support. Thanks to everyone who believed in me and supported me” Seidler added.
Seidler has become the eleventh Namibian to qualify for the upcoming 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.

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