She was an agonising 0.5 seconds behind first place.
This Sunday witnessed an intense swim-off during the FINA Champions Swim Series, held this year in Indianapolis, USA, as Egypt's Farida Osman competed in the Women's 50m Butterfly, coming in at second place, with only 0.47 second separating her from Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom who came in first place.
The FINA Champions Swim Series acts as a major qualifying event, for both Gwangju's 2019 FINA World Championships and Tokyo's 2020 Olympic Games, with Osman being the sole African female representative.
"I am really proud to be representing not only Egypt and Africa but also people from the Middle East in general," Osman told the FINA Champions Swim Series official website. "I feel like we need a lot more representation of that area. Hopefully I can inspire more swimmers to want to achieve great things and also represent this region of the world."
Despite being just 24, Osman has enjoyed a glittering career that has seen her pick up accolades as an All-Africa Games gold medallist, an Egyptian national champion and record holder. Considered the fastest female simmer in Africa, Osman holds a range of different records, including senior national records for butterfly, freestyle and backstroke events.