An Ethiopian Olympic swimmer took his place in the 100m heats but only managed to finish half a lap behind everyone else.
Robel Kiros Habte, The 24 year old Ethiopian, was swimming in the Preliminary Men’s 100m Freestyle heats at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium.
His time of 1 minute, 4.95 seconds would have seen him finish a long way ahead of Eric Moussambani from Equatorial Guinea, who clocked 1:52.72 for the 100m freestyle at the Sydney Olympics in 2000, but Habte still finished half a lap behind the last competitor in his heat and was easily the slowest competitor in the field. The slowest time to qualify for the top 16 was 48.58.
The next slowest of the 59 competitors in eight heats was American Nathan Adrian in 48.58sec.
“Everybody knows we like running. All the people like running,” Habte said. “I don’t like running. I want to be different in my country, that is why I choose it. I just love swimming.”