The Tanzania Swimming Association’s (TSA) technical director, Marcelino Ngalioma, blamed the dismal performance of the swimming duo as a result of many factors, among others inadequate preparations and experience.
He said it’s very difficult for Africans to win medals in swimming at the event because majority of them do not prepare well.
To win a medal at the Olympic Games needs more than four years of extensive preparations at modern swimming pools with all state of the art equipment and well qualified coaches.
Swimming duo of Magdalena Moshi and Amaar Ghadiyali were early causalities in the on going Olympics in London.
However, Moshi and Ghadiyali train in Australia and Swaziland respectively, where they are exposed to state of the art training facilities and well qualified coachers.
Ngalioma was tight-lipped to comment on the swimming duo who spent their preparations at the above mentioned countries before joining their colleagues to board a Heathrow-bound flight last month.
While it was easy for Moshi to win the Olympic berth on the solidarity ticket, Ghadiyali secured the berth based on luck and struggled to join the team in London.
More efforts were taken to search for the swimmers’ tickets in London as they failed to qualify on conventional means.
In a surprise move, Ngalioma said TSA is happy with Ghadiyali’s performance following an ‘improved’ show.
The TSA official said Ghadiyali would have done better had he enough preparations.
“Ghadiyali joined the Olympic camp at the elevenths hour. To me he was some how physiologically affected but he performed well. He is still young, we hope to use his experience in the future,” he said
He said TSA is currently planning to nurture and train young swimmers who will represent the country at the Brazil 2016 Olympic Games.
He could not name the swimmers, saying TSA technical committee is monitoring the performance of all young athletes.
Tanzania’s Chief de Mission in London Hassan Jarafu said Moshi was in heat two of seven swimmers and she emerged the last.
Moshi has joined Ghadiyali who also failed to qualify for the semi-finals on Tuesday but Ghadiyali has improved his personal time to finish third in his heat of four swimmers during the heat.
Ghadiyali was also number 57 from 62 swimmers who competed in 100 meters men freestyle.
Tanzania’s hope of wining at least a medal in the ongoing London Olympic Games has now been left on the shoulders of four runners.
The 21 year-old Moshi, who features for Clovercrest Club in Australia, failed to make past her personal best time (BP) by posting 1.05.80 minutes. Her previous best time was previous best time was 1.05.11