“Cate Campbell from Australia is my idol too… and her sister Bronte. I took a picture with Cate, but not her sister. And Cate didn’t really talk to me.
“I have school from 7am until 2pm, then I have an hour’s rest, then I go home and I study. We have a 50m and a 25m pool in Bahrain. We have about 20 girls who swim, but there are more than 20 boys.”
“I want to learn the techniques and how they swim,” said Tareq, whose mother hails from Scotland. “I train five days a week, sometimes I train once a day, and sometimes twice.
She was comfortably the slowest of the 64 competitors in the heats, but she is believed to be the youngest ever swimmer at the world championships and admits she came to Kazan as a learning experience.
Tareq raced in the women’s 50m butterfly, finishing in 41.13 seconds, nine seconds behind the winner and 15 seconds adrift of the fastest qualifier in the heats, her hero Sarah Sjostrom.