Karimi aims to become first Afghan swimmer at Worlds12.06.2017
The 18-year-old only made his international debut this month and now seeks to qualify for Mexico 2017.
After competing at the World Para Swimming World Series in Indianapolis, USA, last weekend, Mohammad Abas Karimi is now hoping to become Afghanistan’s first swimmer to compete at a World Para Swimming Championships.
The 18-year-old only made his international debut a week ago at the 2017 Jimi Flowers Classic before going on to compete in Indianapolis, where he swam against Brazil’s multiple-Paralympic champion Daniel Dias.
Even though he did not win, Karimi experienced for the first time what it feels like to compete against a world-class swimmer. He finished second in both the men’s 50m freestyle S5 with a time of 39.66 and the 100m freestyle S5 after clocking 1:44.95.
Although Karimi's long term dream is to win Paralympic gold, his more immediate aim is to line up at the World Para Swimming Championships in Mexico City, from 30 September-6 October.
Around 550 swimmers from more than 60 countries are expected to compete at the Francisco Marquez Olympic Swimming Pool, at the Mexico 2017 World Para Swimming Championships from 30 September-6 October.