Nepal’s Gaurika Singh, this 13 year old is the youngest competitor of more than 10,000 athletes who take part in this Rio Olympics 2016. So her pre-race nerves should be totally understandable.
To add up the pressure, this youngest competitor ripped her swim suit accidentally while trying to pull it up just few minutes before the race. To make the situation further worse, her coach Rhys Gormley was not able to accompany her to Rio. So to manage the mishap, Gurika contacted him via mobile phone and got the instructions.
After changing to a completely different suit, with the increased tension on head, this girl was brilliantly managed to beat her 2 competitors and won the women’s 100 meter backstroke at Rio 2016.
‘‘It was amazing just looking up on that board and seeing my time,’‘ she said.
Though this Nepali girl, Gaurika Singh has migrated to London at her age of 2 she was fast enough to represent her birth country after her victory.
This is not all. When last year the tragic 7.8 magnitude earthquake that claimed the life of 9000 people hit this Himalayan country, Gaurika was there in its capital city Kathmandu, hiding under the table on 5th floor of a building.
She said, ‘‘I felt so grateful that I was able to survive that terrible earthquake. Just to be here and try and make my country proud is amazing’.