Eritrea will have 2 swimmers represent the country in Gwangju, South Korea for the 46th FINA championships. Just a little history for those who may not be aware, The FINA World Championships or World Aquatics Championships are the World Championships for aquatics sports: swimming, diving, high diving, open water swimming, synchronized swimming, and water polo. The event was first held in 1973 in Belgrade, the former Yugoslavia and is now held every two years. From 1978 to 1998, the World Championships were held every four years, in the even years between Summer Olympic years. From 2001 on, the Championships have been held every two years, in the odd years.
According to the organizing committee in Gwangju on Bhutan, St. Kitts and Nevis, and Eritrea will make their debuts in the biennial event for the first time in the history of the event. Eritrea will have two swimmers: Ghirmai Efrem in the men's 50m backstroke and Daniel Christian whom most Eritreans may be aware of in the men's 100m butterfly.
Christian was born in Eritrea but grew up in several different countries, including Denmark, where he dominated national age group swimming competitions. Meanwhile, Ghirmai grew up in Helisingborg Sweden.
Eri-internationalsports.org wishes both swimmers good luck as they challenge some of the top swimmers around the world. We will try to have results as soon as we get them.