St Christopher’s School Bahrain took command in the girls swimming competition at the Third Mini School Olympics yesterday (Tuesday).
The school’s athletes dominated most of the races during the two-day event, winning 22 medals in total, including seven gold, seven silver and eight bronze.
Roma Vrijhof gave St. Christopher’s School its maiden medal of the day at the Bahrain Swimming Association in Isa Town, where she finished raced to victory in the 50m freestyle in 29.34 seconds.
She edged second-placer Arabella Rushton (30.61) of the same school, who received the silver. Laura Adamson (32.16), also of St. Christopher’s School, collected the bronze.
Roma was again victorious in the 25m backstroke, in which she finished the race first in 15.96 to complete her double. St Christopher’s School swimmers also took firm control on this race as Ayse Atak (17.02) and Eve Kenna (17.81) claimed the competition’s silver and bronze.
More races in the primary stage were also held yesterday as Mahika Chatterjee of the British School proved too strong to claim the 50m and 25m freestyle events.
She raced to victory in the 50m race, clocking 31.65 and finishing ahead of St Christopher’s School’s pair of Asma Le Falher (32.99) and Olivia Shepherd Smith (36.09), who were second and third.
Mahika’s second win of the day was also a tough one. She completed the 25m freestyle in 14.65 seconds. Behind her were Ala’a Adel (15.14) of Abdulrahman Kanoo International School and Asma Le Falher (15.45) of St. Christopher’s School, who settled for second and third positions, respectively.
Mini School action continues today with the finals of the boys football championships at the Bahrain Football Association grounds in Riffa, in addition to the final round of matches in the secondary stage girls championship.
In the secondary stage boys football championship, AMA and Al Taawon Schools face off for the title. Al Taawon made it to the final after beating Al Naseem School 1-0, while AMA edged Al Noor School 2-1.
In the intermediate stage, Riffa School take on Kanoo International School for the competition’s gold medal.
Riffa School recorded a 6-1 victory over Sacred Heart School to set up their final clash with Kanoo International School who beat AMA School 2-0 in the other semi-final match.
The concluding day of the secondary stage girls round robin took championship will take place at Riffa Club gym in Hunainiya where three no-bearing matches are scheduled.
Having already secured the title on the penultimate day of the competition, Al Maarifa will look to end their unbeaten record today when they take on New Millennium School.
In the other matches, Al Noor School play Omayma School and AMA School goes up against Al Hekma School.
Other results (Swimming):
Intermediate (Girls) – 25m Breaststroke: 1. Maram Zaynal (St. Christopher’s, 19.36); 2. Eve Kenna (St. Christopher’s, 19.36); 3. Amalie Nielsen (St. Christopher’s, 20.17). 25m Freestyle: 1. Arabella Rushton (St. Christopher’s, 14.33); 2. Laura Adamson (St. Christopher’s, 14.61); 3. Ayse Atak (St. Christopher’s, 14.87). 25m Butterfly: 1. Serena Benzahia (British School, 16.66); 2. Rataj Amin (British School, 16.96); 3. Reya Jean Ointo (New Millennium, 34.31). 4x25m Relay Freestyle: 1. St. Christopher’s (58.41); 2. British School (1:06.81); 3. New Millennium (1:18.40).
Primary (Girls) – 25m Backstroke: 1. Freya Goddard (St. Christopher’s, 18.92); 2. Aliyah Glas (St. Christopher’s, 20.67); 3. Tessa Humphreys (St. Christopher’s, 20.99). 25m Breaststroke: 1. Al Zain Tareq (A. Rahman Kanoo, 20.47); 2. Lucy Hassett (British School, 22.14); 3. Zaynab Qahiri (A. Rahman Kanoo, 20.40). 25m Butterfly: 1. Al Zain Tareq (A. Rahman Kanoo, 17.06); 2. Freya Goddard (St. Christophe’s, 17.87); 3. Olivia shepherd Smith (St. Christophe’s, 18.28). 4x25m Relay Freestyle: 1. St. Christophe’s (1:03.66); 2. A. Rahman Kanoo (1:0477); 3. British School (1:12.85).