Malawi’s swimmer Joyce Tafatatha wins at C’wealth Games

One of Malawi’s top swimmers Joyce Tafatatha on Sunday emerged winner in her Heat Two at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

Tafatatha, 16, finished first in 29.59 seconds in the 50 metres butterfly category.

Two years ago, Tafatatha also represented the country at the London Olympic Games.

Joyce Tafatatha of Malawi celebrates
Joyce Tafatatha of Malawi celebrates

Last year Tafatatha saved Malawi’s face at the African Junior Swimming Championship in Lusaka, Zambia where she finished seventh among eight finalists in the 50 metres freestyle.

Tafatatha was born on April 13 of a Dutch mother. Her father comes from T/A Kapeni in Blantyre. She started competiting in swimming while at Saint Andrew’s International High School in Blantyre. She swam for Liyani Swimming Club.

She held a number of local national records, including two gold medals and a silver Medal at Cana Zone IV Swimming Championships in Mozambique 2012.

Tafatatha participated in the 2012 London Games in 50 metres where she won the heat, but failed to win a medal. At 14, she was the youngest competitor alongside Aurelie Fanchette of France.

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