Meet Botswana’s First Olympic Swimmer – Naomi Ruele


A little over 3 weeks and the Rio Olympics will commence. Naomi Ruele is currently making waves as the first Olympic swimmer ever from Botswana. It is certified that she will make it to Rio for the Olympics.

On the 20th of March, Ruele qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympics. The try out took place at  Georgia Tech Aquatic Center. Ruele swam for a qualifying time of 26.07 in the 50 Free category.

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Last Week, the youngster received her official selection letter to feature at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics.

Report says that she will be the second female to represent the Southern African country at the Olympics. She will be making her debut appearance in the Olympics come August in Brazil.

Naomi’s selection is indeed historical as this will be the first time that Botswana is represented in the swimming category at the Olympics.

The young lady has competed and championed a good number of junior competitions. The recipient of several medals in swimming competition is based in the United States. Naomi Ruele studies at Florida International University (FIU). The institution has attested to the daunting successes of Naomi in the sports of swimming. She is currently the Conference USA Swimmer of the Year.

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During the US Championship, Naomi won a stunning 7 gold medals for both individual and relay swimming categories. The Botswana government acknowledged the far off success of this young lady in the United States. Botswana National Sports Council has named the teenage talented swimmer the Junior Female Sportsperson of the Year.

It is refreshing to know that Botswana is making a strong new comer statement at the Olympics with the selection of the formidable Noami Ruele. She will be the second female from Botswana to ever represent the country. Amantle Montsho was the first to do so in the sprinting category.