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Ridiculed Ethiopian Swimmer to Compete at the World Swimming Championships

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The best is yet to come. Ethiopia’s ridiculed ‘swimmer’ said he has not given up on his swimming career yet despite ridiculed mercilessly by critics for his embarrassing body shape and performance at Rio Olympics.

By Reuters,

After being ridiculed because of his body shape in the recently concluded Rio Olympics, Ethiopian swimmer Robel Kiros Habte [aka Robel the Whale] has not given up on his swimming career.

Critics took to social media to lambaste Robel for being chunky in his mid section, with some saying that he only qualified because his father is the president and founder of the Ethiopia Swimming Federation. Continue reading Ridiculed Ethiopian Swimmer to Compete at the World Swimming Championships

Ethiopia’s ‘Robel the Whale’ Booed Back Home

Ethiopia’s Olympic swimmer, Robel Kiros Habte, is getting lots of love and hate on social media after splashing his way through the 100-meter freestyle heats in Rio.

By AFP,

Ethiopian swimmer Robel Kiros Habte has won hearts in Rio but faced a vitriolic reaction at home Thursday due to accusations that nepotism is the only reason he is at the Olympics.

The 24-year-old son of the country’s swimming boss ranked 59th out of 59 competitors in the men’s 100m freestyle heats on Tuesday, posting a time of 1:04.95 — half a lap behind anyone else. Continue reading Ethiopia’s ‘Robel the Whale’ Booed Back Home