Khader Baqleh has clocked another Olympic ‘B’ time as he steps up his preparations to make an historic first appearance at the Games next month in Rio de Janeiro.
During his last build-up competition in Hungary, the 18-year-old smashed his personal best in the 100m freestyle to record a new Jordan record of 50.58, smashing through the B qualification time of 50.70 seconds.
Khader has already made the B time in the 200m, but inched closer to the A time in the 200m by recording 1:49.55 and beating his previous best by more than two seconds.
Khader must now wait for his confirmation letter from swimming’s governing body FINA before becoming Jordan’s first swimmer to compete with a qualifying B time at the Games.
He could also be joined by his older sister Talita who recorded a new national best at the same meet in Budapest. The 2012 London Olympian swam the 50m sprint in a time of 26.57 seconds and is hotly tipped to receive a ‘wild card’ for the pool in South America next month.