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Pakistani Christian Swimmer bags gold medal for Pakistan

Lianna Catherine Swan

Lianna Catherine Swan, Pakistani swimmer won the first gold medal for Pakistan in women’s 200 meter breaststroke at the 12th South Asian Games held in Gawhati, India.

Swan completed the competition in 2:48.85. Hasanthi Nugawela (2:49.17) of Sri Lanka came second while Romana Akter (2:49.60) of Bangladesh finished third.

This is Pakistan’s first gold medal in the South Asian Games 2016.

Lianna Catherine Swan, who was born on March 25, 1997, in Awali, Bahrain is a Pakistani swimmer who specialises in breaststroke.

Swan was born in Bahrain to a Pakistani mother, Nadia and a British father. She is a dual national of both the UK and Pakistan. She took up swimming 6 years ago when she moved to Dubai, UAE. Swan explained her decision to opt for Pakistan: “I would get a lot more out of being part of the Pakistan team because there’s a lot more people trying for the British team. The British team is really prestigious as well, but being able to swim for your country, any country, is an achievement. I think when I first started swimming for Pakistan, that was the turning point for me.
Swan has competed in the 2010 Asian Games; the 2011 FINA World Cup in Dubai, UAE and 2013 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Barcelona, Spain.[3]

Swan participated in 5 events at the Glasgow Games in 2014; breaststroke – 50m & 100m; freestyle – 50m & 100m and individual medley – 200m. In her first event: 50m breaststroke, she broke her own national record of 00.37.11 by swimming her heat in 00.35.72 and placing third. In the 100m freestyle event on July 27 2014, she broke her own national record of 01:03:52 by swimming her heat in 01:03:32 and placing 6th.

In February 2016, Lianna won gold medal in the women’s 200m breaststroke in 2016 South Asian Games.