By Alice McAlpine of The Reporters’ Academy UK

It was the turn of the third and final member of the Palauan swimming team to take to the pool on the morning of Day 5 of the 15th FINA World Championships in Barcelona.

Dirngulbai Moreyna Misech made an early appearance at these championships when the TV flashed her smiling face across the world as she waited in the call room.

The 15 year old was in Lane 1 of the second morning heat of the Women’s 100m Freestyle. It was going to be a tough task in this awe inspiring arena which hosted the Olympics in 1992. Nevertheless, Dirngulbai swam hard to complete the first length in 4th place before turning to finish the race in 1 minute 9.46 seconds.

Having set her standards for the event admirably high in aiming to lower her personal best, she couldn’t hide a little disappointment immediately after the race when she caught up with her result on the scoreboard.

“I was just a few hundredths of a second off my best. I was hoping for a little bit better.”

She went on to give an insight of the pre race instructions from her coach as well as her feelings during the two length race;

“She told me to not hold any speed for the first 50m, go out hard and then the second one (50m) you feel like you just want to die but you just keep going to the finish.”

Dirngulbai, like all young people do, is soaking up this new experience;

“Oh, it makes my heart race just to be in this whole event. I feel like a baby in these big competitions. It’s been an amazing experience, it feels so good”

Her aim is still to take home more than memories and a valuable experience. Dirngulbai is focusing on a personal best in her final race at these championships on Saturday in the 50m Freestyle.

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