Image via Farida Osman’s Instagram
Farida Osman is the 26-year-old Egyptian swimmer who just qualified for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics as she won gold at the international Swim Coaches Association (ISCA) finals. Osman won her place at the Olympics at the four day tournament where she took part in three competitions and won a gold medal in all of them.
Farida participated in the 50 meters butterfly, 50 meters freestyle, and 100 meters butterfly, with the latter securing her a place at the Tokyo Olympics this year. Winning gold in all three events, Osman won the race by touching the wall first at a recorded time of 57.84 seconds and with a 2.5 second lead over the other participants. The two-time NCAA 100 fly champion almost matched her lifetime best from the 2016 Summer Olympics by finishing within .01 seconds from it. She had placed 12th overall at the games held in Rio while setting the Egyptian record.
The soon to be Olympian, shared her victory on social media where she posted a picture with the caption, “Can’t wait to represent Egypt in my 3rd Olympics this summer! Thank you all for your continuous support.” The Egyptian Swimming Federation also congratulated Farida on Facebook, captioning, “Congratulations to the golden butterfly Farida Osman, for her qualification to the Tokyo Olympics with a time of 57.84 seconds in the 100-meter butterfly race, congratulations to Egypt.”
Farida Osman has been nicknamed “The Golden Fish,” after she made history as the first Egyptian woman to win bronze in the 50 meters butterfly at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in 2017.