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At 10 years of age, Alzain Tareq is just one third as old as Michael Phelps, but she managed to make an equally-big splash in the pool on Friday. Tareq, targeting participation at the 2020 Olympics, became the youngest competitor ever in the world championships.

Tareq placed 64th out of 64 swimmers in the 50-meter butterfly, but finished first in terms of media coverage. The young Bahraini swimmer trains five days a week after school in Manama under her father’s supervision.


Meanwhile, in San Antonio, Phelps proved the “butterfly effect” extends beyond chaos theory. His world-class time of 1:52.94 in the 200m fly at the U.S. national championships, sent shock waves felt all the way in Kazan, Russia, host of the world championships.

Phelps time would have garnered gold at the last Olympics, and proves demonstrably he’s more than ready to add to his record haul of 22 medals at next summer’s Rio Olympics.