10-Year-Old Girl Taking on World's Best Swimmers

Bahrain's Alzain Tareq is competing in Swimming World Championships
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2015 8:30 AM CDT
Ten-year-old Alzain Tareq from Bahrain leaves the pool after competing in a women's 50m butterfly heat at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia, Friday, Aug. 7, 2015.   (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

(Newser) – For anyone whose greatest athletic accomplishment as a 10-year-old was not choking on an orange slice after your pee-wee soccer game, meet 10-year-old Alzain Tareq from Bahrain. She is doing slightly better than that, competing in the 2015 Swimming World Championships as the youngest swimmer ever to do so, USA Today reports. And while she finished last in her preliminary 50m butterfly heat yesterday, she's not letting that get her down, telling the AP she is having fun trying to learn from some of her swimming idols. And, four-time Olympic gold-medalist Missy Franklin is even trying to befriend her. Not too shabby, Alzain. (Read more World Swimming Championships stories.)

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