Maldivian swimmers Hamna Ahmed and Ali Imaan have set new national records in their respective events at the ongoing World Aquatics Championships 2023 in Fukuoka, Japan.

In the women’s 100m backstroke event, Hamna shattered the national record by finishing the race in an impressive 1 minute 18.17 seconds. The previous record was set by Aishath Sausan during the last FINA World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary.

Imaan clocked 1 minute 4.98 seconds to set the new national record in the men’s 100m backstroke event. He broke the record held by Mohamed Aan Hussain since the previous edition of the Aquatics Championships.

Athletes from the Maldives set a total of 10 national records during the previous World Aquatics Championships.

Imaan and Hamna are among the swimmers representing the Maldives in this year’s FINA World Aquatics Championships. Others include Mohamed Rihan Shimam and Meral Ayn Latheef.

The 20th edition of the FINA World Aquatics Championships began on 14 July and will continue till 30 July.