Vali swims to personal best

Normal, Sports

The National, Wednesday July 31st, 2013

 BARBARA Vali took to the blocks in the first swim for Papua New Guinea at the Swimming World Championship on Monday in the female open 100m breaststroke.

The 16-year-old was eager to swim. 

Her entry time of 1:17.49 was soon to be wiped off the record books as she dived into the water with great energy and speed. 

 Vali (pictured) swam with determination and total focus completing the first 50m in a time of 35.03 seconds.  

She completed the second 50m in a time of 41.00 seconds, stopping the clock with a finish time of 1:16.03.  

A beaming Vali left the competition pool knowing she had swum her best coming into the race well prepared.  

The Central lass finished her heat in second place against  swimmers from various countries around the world and in doing so swam a personal best in the 100m breaststroke.

Papua New Guinean FINA technical official Sarenah Pini is officiating at the competition.