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Uzbekistan world record holder Fotimakhon’s perseverance pays off

By : APC Media
Date : October 29, 2018

Hard work, perseverance and sacrifice are the keys to success, and Amilova Fotimakhon has embraced these qualities over the years to become a swimming champion.

At the Indonesia 2018 Asian Para Games, the 19-year-old from Uzbekistan was a sensation at the Gelora Bung Karno Aquatic Center. She not only clinched four gold medals (out of her seven medals) but smashed two world records in as many days, as well creating several Games and Asian records along the way.

On the third day of the swimming competition, the promising para-swimmer set a new world record in the women’s 200m individual medley SM13 (12-13) clocking 2:21.82 seconds, three seconds faster than the record she set at the Rio 2016 Paralympics.

A day later, she broke the women’s 100m breaststroke SB13 world record after clocking 1:09.57, taking a second off the record set by Italy’s Carlotta Gilli in August.

Fatima, as she is popularly known as in para-swimming circles, said she had planned for this for a long time.

I am over the moon. It’s feels so great that I broke two world records. I have been preparing for this for a long time. I came to this competition with targets of breaking many world records. I want to thank everyone who supported me, my father, my brother and all my fans,

Fotimakhon said after her dream show at Indonesia 2018.

The para-swimmer, who is already a star in her country having won Uzbekistan’s first Paralympic gold (SB13 100m breaststroke) in Rio 2016, said this is the result of her hard work over the past four years.

Discipline and intensive training in the past few years are result of my success. My family’s encouragement and support has also played a huge role in my journey. I have sacrificed many things, many times. The last four years, I have spent most of my time training and had very little time for fun.

But it’s all worth it.

This is for my country. This is a big achievement after my gold medal at Rio Paralympics.

Brother is Inspiration

Born in Andizhan, Fotimakhon said she looked up to her brother to take up swimming and soon was in love with the sport. She added that it was her brother who inspired her to train and become a professional swimmer.

I started swimming at a very young age. And my brother inspired me to become a professional swimmer. I really wanted to be a great swimmer like him, so I began training when I was 7 years old,

said the visually impaired swimmer, who also looks up to her idol former American swimmer Rebecca Soni, who is a six-time Olympic medalist.

Fotimakhon and her brother are coached by their father Ravshanbek Amilov.

Her next target in Tokyo 2020 Paralympics now.

I have started training for Tokyo 2020,

she added.

It looks like a few more world records are on the cards.

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