Al-Khulaifi shines in Youth Olympic Games

Buenos Aires, The Qatari swimmer Yacob al-Khulaifi failed to qualify for the final of the 100m butterfly at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on Sunday night.

Al-Khulaifi finished second in his heats in a time of 57.09 seconds, but that wasn’t enough for the youngster to secure a placed in the final. However, al-Khulaifi was pleased with his performance. Thank God, I am happy with the timing that I achieved, which is close to the standard mark,” he said.

Al-Khulaifi was the Qatar’s flagbearer at the opening ceremony on Saturday. The 17-year-old qualified for the event on the basis of his strong performances at the Sarajevo International Swimming Championships in Bosnia and Herzegovina this year where he won the 50m butterfly gold and a silver in the 200m freestyle. He also clocked good times during the recent FINA World Cup in Doha.

On the other hand, Qatar’s Mohammad Al Qashouti began his campaign in equestrian event on Monday.

Over 4,000 athletes from 206 National Olympic Committees are competing in the Youth Olympic Games being held for the third time.

Source: Qatar Olympic Committee