Veteran swimmer Aishath Sausan, on Wednesday, renewed her own national record in the 50-metre backstroke category by setting a record time of 35.41 seconds, at the 18th FINA World Swimming Championships, held in Gwangju, South Korea.
Returning to her professional career following a five-year hiatus, Aishath Sausan broke Aminath Shajan's 100m butterfly national record in 2018, when she successfully finished her heat in a record time of one minute and 23.16 seconds, trimming 7.85 seconds from the previous national record.
Swimmers are currently representing Maldives in two coinciding international sporting events by the two squads competing for the FINA World Championships and the Indian Ocean Island Games, held at Mauritius.
Alongside national team head coach Ibrahim Moosa and Sausan, Maldives is represented by Aishath Sajina, Ali Imaan and Mubal Azzam Ibrahim, in South Korea.
The establishment of a swimming pool is something many swimmers have been looking forward to, ever since official tournaments started being held in the country. Currently, all practices and tournaments take place at the swimming track in capital city Male's south-side lagoon.
For decades now, professional and recreational swimmers alike have complained of having to practise in a blocked off part of the lagoon known as 'the track', which often becomes heavily polluted due to oil spills, sewage dumping and littered waste.
Swimming is a sport in which Maldivians compete at a high level without proper training facilities. Therefore, many sports enthusiasts have been calling for the establishment of proper facilities, especially with the promising performances seen from swimmers in recent history.