She trains at a hotel pool and had little chance of making a splash at the Asian Games, but East Timor’s Imelda Felicita Ximenes Belo hopes to inspire future athletes from her tiny nation.
The 19-year-old Belo, who only learned to swim a few years ago, is the first Timorese swimmer to compete at the Games which kick off Saturday in Indonesia.
She is among a69-athlete contingent eyeing its first medal at the world’s second biggest multi-sport event.
A half-island country sandwiched between Indonesia and Australia, the former Portuguese colony has just 1.2 million people and usually makes headlines for poverty and political unrest rather than sporting success.
“Well, I don’t really hope for winning a medal. As everyone can see, we don’t have really a good swimming pool and less equipment,” Belo said.
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