Farida Osman on moving to the USA to fulfil swimming dream

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From hundreds of people turning out to see her at school meets to the dedication she puts in when in the pool, Osman’s story is unlike most others.

Having come from a humble beginning in Egypt, she went on to represent her country at the London Olympics in 2012.

Now, Osman is hoping she can become a beacon of hope for young athletes in Egypt who dream of a life in professional sport.










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Conditions making life difficult for teams competing in the America's Cup

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Getting better: Oracle Team USA.

The six teams competing in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series in Oman aren’t just battling one another, but also the conditions that have so far made the event more challenging.

Winds were light on Saturday at 7-9 knots on the race course, well below the 10-15 knot breeze that was hoped for, forcing the crew to be on top of their game as they hustled around their foiling AC45 yachts.

While Emirates Team New Zealand struggled to adjust throughout the day by finishing lower in each successive race, leaders Land Rover BAR were on the mark with wins in the final two races to show their
mastery of the conditions.

But skipper Ben Ainslie admitted: “The conditions were tough.

“It was light winds, but it’s the same for all the guys. It’s a real challenge, particularly with that code zero sail, trying to use that on the upwind. Getting it up, down and out is a real workout for the crew work on board.

“It’s almost harder than it is in the stronger winds because that bigger sail is so much hard work, but our guys did a great job.”

With winds potentially remaining low on Sunday in the conclusion of the World Series in Oman, the third
race from day one could be indicative of which teams have figured out the necessary tactics.

“It’s been a long time since I can remember going upwind with a code zero in a World Series event,” said Oracle Team USA skipper

Jimmy Spithill. “Also, it was figuring out the modes and techniques downwind.

“The big change today was there was more of a seaway as opposed to Saturday, so we made a few
changes. I thought the third race, we made another big step forward,

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Ainslie leads way after opening day of the America's Cup in Oman

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Sailing ahead: Land Rover BAR skippered by Ben Ainslie (l).

Ben Ainslie’s Land Rover BAR team ended the first day of the America’s Cup World Series in Oman in the lead after winning two of Saturday’s three races.

Land Rover BAR were hit with a penalty for starting the first race prematurely and causing a minor collision with Groupama Team France, but they battled back to finish third before winning the next two races.

They ended the day four points clear of Oracle Team USA, but four-time Olympic champion Ainslie’s team will be put to the test in three more races on Sunday.

The event, being staged in the Middle East for the first time, features the six contenders for the next America’s Cup, which will be held in Bermuda in June 2017.

Results from the first day of the America’s Cup World Series in Oman on Saturday:

Race 1
1. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL/Glenn Ashby) 10 points, 2. Oracle Team USA (USA/Jimmy Spithill) 9 pts, 3. Land Rover BAR (GBR/Ben Ainslie) 8, 4. Artemis Racing (SWE/Nathan Outteridge) 7, 5. SoftBank Team Japan (JPN/Dean Barker) 6, 6. Groupama Team France (FRA/Adam Minoprio) 5

Race 2
1. Land Rover BAR (GBR/Ben Ainslie) 10 points, 2. SoftBank Team Japan (JPN/Dean Barker) 9 pts, 3. Groupama Team France (FRA/Adam Minoprio) 8, 4. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL/Glenn Ashby) 7, 5. Artemis Racing (SWE/Nathan Outteridge) 6, 6. Oracle Team USA (USA/Jimmy Spithill) 5

Race 3
1. Land Rover BAR (GBR/Ben Ainslie) 10 points, 2. Oracle Team USA (USA/Jimmy Spithill) 9 pts, 3. Artemis Racing (SWE/Nathan Outteridge) 8, 4. Groupama Team France (FRA/Adam Minoprio) 7, 5. SoftBank Team Japan (JPN/Dean Barker) 6, 6. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL/Glenn Ashby) 5

Overall standings after three races
1. Land Rover BAR (GBR/Ben Ainslie) 28 points, 2. Oracle Team USA (USA/Jimmy Spithill) 24 pts, 3. Emirates Team New Zealand (NZL/Glenn Ashby) 22, 4. SoftBank Team Japan (JPN/Dean Barker) 21, 5. Artemis Racing (SWE/Nathan Outteridge) 20, 6. Groupama Team France (FRA/Adam Minoprio) 20

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