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Hilal Hemed HILAL
Sport Swimming
NOC Tanzania   
GenderMen
Born12 Jul 1994 in Dar es Salaam, TAN
Height1.76 m
Weight 63 kg
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Occupation
Athlete
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He began swimming at age seven. He took up the sport competitively in 2009 at age 15.
Why this sport?
A teacher at his school discovered his talent for swimming and encouraged him to join the Taliss Swim Club. "I started swimming at interschool meets and that's when the national team coach saw me and came to speak to me. He told me I had something great in me, good for me in the future. That's when I joined my swim club Taliss, the Tanzania Lifesaving Society."
Club / Team
Hamilton Aquatic Swimming Club [UAE] / Taliss-IST [TAN]:
Name of coach
Alexander Mwaipasi [national]
International Debut
Year
2010
Competing for
Tanzania
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto
"As an Olympian, I want to be a role-model and use swimming to raise awareness of peace and the unifying power of sport, while also removing obstacles to participation." (olympians.org, 11 Mar 2019)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Outside of sport he hopes to study sports management at a university in the United States of America and also study for a coaching certificate. In the future he aspires to have his own swim club where he can coach young swimmers. (thanyapura.com, 04 Jul 2017)
Other information
SCHOLARSHIP
He was one of 36 athletes from across the world to receive a FINA Scholarship in 2017. The scholarship is designed to help the athletes to qualify and participate at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The scholarship also presented the athletes with an option to train at a FINA-approved training centre in Thailand, United States of America and Senegal. In April 2017 he began a year-long training stint at the Thanyapura training facility in Phuket, Thailand. (fina.org, 01 Mar 2017; thecitizen.co.tz, 18 Apr 2017)

FLOODS
He was one of the volunteers that helped rescue stranded people during the floods that hit Dar es Salaam, Tanzania in December 2011. He swam through the flooded streets to rescue a young girl and her family who were stranded on their roof. "She was terrified. It was difficult because the water was so dirty, you couldn't see what you were swimming on top of and you didn't want to get cut." (thedailybeast.com, 19 Aug 2016)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
49 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 23.70
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Butterfly 27.13
Heats 2019 Gwangju, KOR 50m Freestyle 25.01
63 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Butterfly 26.40 
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 24.19
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 100m Butterfly 1:03.87
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 24.86
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Butterfly 28.25
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Freestyle 25.64
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 50m Freestyle 23.75
Heats 2018 Hangzhou, CHN 100m Freestyle 52.88
76 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Freestyle 23.63 
73 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Butterfly 25.96 
Heats 2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 4 x 50m Freestyle Relay 1:45.90
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Freestyle 56.46
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Backstroke 1:05.37
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Backstroke 29.55
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Breaststroke 33.71
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Butterfly 27.25
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Freestyle 24.52
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Backstroke 31.93
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Backstroke 1:11.23
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 50m Freestyle 26.31
Heats 2010 Dubai, UAE 100m Freestyle 59.48