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Young swimmers from typhoon-hit NMI on world stage today

THREE young swimmers from an island community that is still recovering from Super Typhoon Yutu will be on the world stage starting today ready to plunge into the same pool the international elites will compete.

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Lennosuke Suzuki
Jin Ju Thompson
Nelson Batallones

Nelson Batallones, Jinju Thompson and Lennosuke Suzuki will join the 25-meter course of the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships 2018 from Dec. 11 to 16.

NMI Swimming Federation President John Hirsh is as proud as the young swimmers could be because to him, it’s more than just an incredible experience for the CNMI athletes. 

“It also brings recognition to our island community and to everyone not only in our region but throughout the world,” Hirsh said in an interview on Monday.

Thompson and Suzuki will compete in the 100-meter and 200-meter events while Batallones will compete in the butterfly 50-meter and 100-meter.

They will join the world’s elite swimmers in the opening of the event today.

“There’s no change in the events each of them will participate in. Everything is all set with that. As far as I know everything is working perfectly,” Hirsh said.

Although Thompson, Batallones and Suzuki have been competing in the regional swimming events, it is their first time to be in the FINA championships.

Two years ago, the CNMI was also represented by young swimmers including Christian Villacrusis, Salofi Welch and Angel De Jesus.

Thompson, Batallones and Suzuki are among the arrived at Hangzhou, China two days ago after securing their visas in Hong Kong late last week.

“They are on the world stage. I’m just so proud that our CNNI athletes get to participate in a very important international swimming event like this. Not only that it’s an incredible experience for them, but it brings recognition to our community and to everyone not only in our region but throughout the world,” Hirsh said.

“They, the whole world get to see our athletes there performing. It’s a very special opportunity. And it is very important that all smaller countries get represented,” he added.