Finn Swims into World Championship Semis

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Mimosa Jallow has cruised into the semi-finals of the 50m backstroke at the swimming World Championships in Budapest, setting a new Finnish record along the way.

The Jyväskylä-based athlete clocked a time of 28.05 seconds in her heat, an improvement of 0.01 seconds over her previous time. The swim ranked Jallow as the 12th fastest out of 16 competitors who will race in Wednesday’s semi-final

“I’m very excited when the swimming went well from the morning. My start could have been a bit better, otherwise a good run” the 23-year old told Finnish state broadcaster YLE after her race in the Hungarian capital. “I think it’s easy to go under 28 seconds in the semi-finals” she added.

Jallow competed in the 100m backstroke event at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, where she finished 24th. She set the previous Finnish 50m backstroke record at the 2016 European Championships in London.

Suomen Uimaliitto, the Finnish Swimming Union, sent a team of nine swimmers to the Budapest World Championships.