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Rebecca KPOSSI
Sport Swimming
NOC Togo   
GenderWomen
Born25 Jan 1999 in Lomé, TOG
Height1.58 m
 Human Interest 
Further Personal Information
Languages
English, French
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began swimming at age two under the guidance of her father Komi Kpossi.
General Interest
Nicknames
Becky, The Mermaid (Facebook profile, 10 Jul 2017; golfenews.info, 06 Jul 2016)
Hero / Idol
French swimmer Camille Muffat. (golfenews.info, 27 Jul 2015)
Injuries
She was unable to compete at the 2013 World Championships in Barcelona, Spain, due to suffering from malaria. She was kept in hospital for three days and released on the day of her heat at the event. (alome.com, 08 Aug 2013)
Awards and honours
She was the flag bearer for Togo at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. (olympic.org, 21 Aug 2016)

She was nominated for Best Hope at the 2012 Africa Top Sports Awards. (modernghana.com, 16 Mar 2013)
Milestones
She became the first athlete to represent Togo in swimming at the Olympic Games when she competed in the 50m freestyle at the 2012 Games in London. She was also the youngest athlete across all sports to compete at the Games at age 13 years and 191 days. (SportsDeskOnline, 28 Jul 2016; theguardian.com, 03 Aug 2012)
Other information
SCHOLARSHIP
In 2017 she was one of 36 swimmers from across the world to receive an International Swimming Federation [FINA] Scholarship, which was designed to help the athletes to qualify and participate at the 2017 World Championships in Budapest, Hungary. The scholarship also presented the athletes with the option to train at FINA-approved training centres in Thailand, the United States of America or Senegal. (fina.org, 01 Mar 2017)

 Competition Highlights
Olympic Games
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 50m Freestyle 33.44
Heats 2012 London, ENG 50m Freestyle 37.55
World Championships
Rank Year Venue Event Result
Heats 2017 Budapest, HUN 50m Freestyle 32.26
Heats 2015 Kazan, RUS 50m Freestyle 34.46
Heats 2013 Barcelona, ESP 50m Freestyle  DNS
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Butterfly 55.17
Heat 2011 Shanghai, CHN 50m Freestyle 44.60
World Championships Short Course
Rank Year Venue Event Result
  2016 Windsor, ON, CAN 50m Freestyle DNS
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Butterfly 43.00
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 50m Freestyle  DSQ
Heats 2012 Istanbul, TUR 100m Individual Medley  DSQ