Accomplishing an impressive feat of 25.47 seconds in the women’s 50 m butterfly final at the World Swimming Championships in Gwangju, Farida Osman secured the bronze medal on Saturday.
Osman reached third place as the silver medal went to Ranomi Kromowidjojo (Netherlands) while the gold went to Sarah Sjoestroem (Sweden).
The Egyptian swimmer, beaming, thanked her fans and supporters in a video on her Facebook page.
“Thank you for your messages for support. I’m doing much better today despite yesterday being difficult. I have yet to respond to all of your messaged but I’m very happy that I made you and Egypt proud,” enthused the swimmer.
Her 25.79 second swim, earning her fifth place in the semis, qualified her for the final.
Nicknamed ‘the golden fish’, the Egyptian champion won Egypt’s first medal in the 50m butterfly’s race at the FINA World Aquatics Championships in the Hungarian capital of Budapest.
Soon after, Osman won Best Female Athlete from Africa 2017 at the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC) Awards at the Czech Republic.
The athlete, who started swimming at the tender age of four, also participated in the 2018 Mediterranean Games (Spain) where she won two gold medals, and a silver medal.
The competitive athlete, currently holding a record for the fastest female swimmer in Africa, specializes in the freestyle and butterfly categories.