Olympians lead Turkmen team at the Central Asian Short Course Swimming Tournament
Inspiring Ashgabat chapter three is about to begin at the state-of-the-art facilities of the Ashgabat Olympic Complex Aquatics Centre. The best athletes of Central Asia will vie for glory at the first-ever swimming short course tournament held in the region, an international competition that also forms part of the 5th Asian Indoor & Martial Arts Games test event series.
More than 60 athletes representing seven nations (Afghanistan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan) will take part in 18 events over two days of action starting on Wednesday 26 April at the Ashgabat Olympic Complex Aquatics Centre. Host Turkmenistan will be represented by 20 athletes, including Rio 2016 Olympics flagbearer Merdan Atayev and Olympian Darya Semyonova.
Each day, nine gold medals will be awarded to the fastest swimmers of each event, with finals commencing at 18:00 local time on Wednesday, and at 17:00 on Thursday.
Day 1 events are the men’s and women’s 100m Freestyle, 50m Breaststroke and 100m Backstroke, men’s 50m Butterfly, women’s 4 X 100m Medley Relay and men’s 4 X 50m Medley Relay.
On Day 2, men and women will compete in the 50m Freestyle, 100m Breaststroke and 50m Backstroke, while men will also participate in the 100m Butterfly and 4 X 100m Medley Relay. The women will face off in the 4 X 50m Medley Relay.
An opening ceremony will commence proceedings on day 1 at 16:30 local time.
The Olympic Complex Aquatics Centre has a capacity of 5,000, and organisers expect full-house attendance.
Unlike long course swimming competitions that occur in a 50m pool, short course swimming events’ field of play is 25m long, an element that helps athletes achieve faster times and creates a more vibrant atmosphere.
Short course swimming is one of the 21 sports that are due to take place at Ashgabat 2017 between 17 and 27 September in the city of Ashgabat.
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