Olympics: Pakistan's Haseeb Tariq has high hopes ahead of 100-metre freestyle event

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Tokyo Olympics: Pakistan's Haseeb Tariq has high hopes for the 100-metre freestyle event

Pakistani swimmer Haseeb Tariq is entering the 100-meter freestyle event of the Tokyo Olympics’ swimming competition with his hopes high.

Tariq, said he will do all he can to give his best for the event which is all set to start at 3pm today at Tokyo’s Aquatics Centre.

“InshaAllah I hope to give my best. I have trained here very well and have spent a lot of good time in practice. It will come down to the race execution now and Allah will help,” he told The News International.

Tariq will jump in the pool during heat#2 of men’s 100m freestyle swimming. As many as 71 swimmers will be in action during nine heats aiming to berth for the semi-final.

Haseeb will have to finish among the top 16 best with timing, regardless of heat number, to qualify for the semi-final which will take place on July 28.

The top eight of the semi-finals will play the final for the medal on the 29th.

The 25-year-old swimmer currently holds Pakistan’s national record of 100m freestyle with personal best timings of 53.34 seconds and he is aiming to better his own record during Tokyo Olympics.

He will have to swim the 100m in not more than 48 seconds if he wants to qualify for the next stage.

Pakistan’s female swimmer, Bisma Khan, will be in action on Friday for women’s 50m freestyle heats.

Olympics: Pakistan's Haseeb Tariq has high hopes ahead of 100-metre freestyl