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UAE swimmer's Olympic hopes sink

Swimmer Obaid Ahmed Al Jesmi fails to make it through the heats of the 100m freestyle in Beijing.

The hopes of the UAE's only Olympic swimmer in Beijing sank on Tuesday as he came last in his heat of the 100m freestyle.

Obaid Ahmed Al Jesmi, who celebrated his birthday three days ago, finished in 53.29 seconds, 1.6 seconds behind the heat winner Jan Roodzant of Aruba.

Despite the disappointment of going out of the Olympics at the first hurdle, the 27-year-old did better his previous best time at the games.

In 2004, he competed in Athens and swam his 100m freestyle heat in 54.17 seconds.

It was the second disappointment for the UAE on Tuesday after sharp shooter Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum narrowly failed to reach the final of the Double Trap competition which he won in Athens.

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