Jordan’s young swimming sensation Khader Baqleh has set yet another national record, showing he is in fine form ahead of his expected participation for the Olympic Games this summer.
Baqleh made the qualifying B time for the 200m freestyle to the Olympics last year, virtually guaranteeing him a spot on the plane to South America, but it was in another discipline that he made headlines this weekend.
At the National Open Championships, the 17-year-old swam the 200m medley in a time of 2:08.01 minutes, breaking the record set by Aws Al Ma’ayeh of 2:09.34 four years ago. The previous best for his age was set by Omar Abu Fares in 2001.
Baqleh is this week heading to Austria for a training camp with his coach Dr Ali Nawaiseh as he continues his preparation for Rio where Jordan already has two qualifiers in Hussein Ishaiash (boxing) and Ahmad Abu Ghaush.