Gaurika Singh (NEP) of Nepal competes at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games at Rio de Janerio, on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Photo: Reuters

Gaurika Singh (NEP) of Nepal competes at the 2016 Rio Olympics Games at Rio de Janerio, on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Photo: Reuters

KATHMANDU: Nepal's Gaurika Singh entered the pool for Heat 1 of the women’s 100m backstroke event at the Olympics Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday as the youngest athlete in the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.

Singh, who is 13 years and 255 days  old, completed the event in one minute and 8.45 seconds -- 1.14 seconds behind the national record of 1:7.31 that she had set during the 12th South Asian Games in India earlier this year.

Gaurika Singh (NEP) of Nepal competes during 2016 Rio Olympics of the Preliminary 100m Backstroke at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Photo: Reuters
Gaurika Singh (NEP) of Nepal competes during 2016 Rio Olympics of the Preliminary 100m Backstroke at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Sunday, August 7, 2016. Photo: Reuters

Singh won her heat leaving behind Kosovo’s Rita Zeqiri and Samoa's Evelina Afoa in the three-player field.

But she was ranked 31st among 34 swimmers, which meant she was not among the 16 athletes who qualified for the next round.

Kathleen Baker of United States of America completed the event in 58.84 second, Emily Seebohm of Australia in 58.99 seconds, Kylie Masse of Canada in 59.07 seconds, and Mie Nielsen of Hungary and Kantinka Hosszú of Hungary in 59.15 seconds to qualify for the second phase.

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Timing of all athletes:

AthleteTime

Qualified

Kathleen Baker

United States

58.84s

Qualified

Emily Seebohm

Australia

58.99s

Qualified

Kylie Masse

Canada

59.07s

Qualified

Mie Nielsen

Denmark

59.13s

Qualified

Katinka Hosszú

Hungary

59.13s

Qualified

Olivia Smoliga

United States

59.60s

Qualified

Georgia Davies

Great Britain

59.86s

Qualified

Madison Wilson

Australia

59.92s

Qualified

Fu Yuanhui

China

1:00.02

Qualified

Anastasia Zueva

Russia

1:00.04

Qualified

Kirsty Coventry

Zimbabwe

1:00.13

Qualified

Dominique Bouchard

Canada

1:00.18

Qualified

Matea Samardžić

Croatia

1:00.46

Qualified

Wang Xueer

China

1:00.59

Qualified

Duane Da Rocha

Spain

1:00.87

Qualified

Eyglo Osk Gustafsdottir

Iceland

1:00.89

17

Simona Baumrtová

Czech Republic

1:01.08

18

Kira Toussaint

Netherlands

1:01.17

19

Yin Yan Claudia Lau

Hong Kong, China

1:01.27

20

Yekaterina Rudenko

Kazakhstan

1:01.28

21

Alicja Tchórz

Poland

1:01.31

22

Katarína Listopadová

Slovakia

1:01.43

23

Daria Ustinova

Russia

1:01.45

24

Mimosa Jallow

Finland

1:01.58

25

Etiene Medeiros

Brazil

1:01.70

26

Natsumi Sakai

Japan

1:01.74

27

Alexus Laird

Seychelles

1:03.33

28

Kimiko Raheem

Sri Lanka

1:04.21

29

Lara Butler

Cayman Islands

1:04.98

30

Caylee Watson

US Virgin Islands

1:07.19

31Gaurika Singh

Gaurika Singh

Nepal

1:08.45

32

Evelina Afoa

Samoa

1:08.74

33

Talisa Lanoe

Kenya

1:10.02

34

Rita Zeqiri

Kosovo

1:12.31

Source: Google