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10-year old becomes youngest ever swimmer to compete at world championships

Alzain Tareq is just 10 years old. Credit: Reuters

A ten-year old girl from Bahrain caused a splash after becoming the youngest swimmer ever to compete at a World Championship.

Alzain Tareq, daughter of former professional swimmer Tareq Salem, raced in the women's 50m butterfly heats in Kazan.

Tareq is aiming for the Rio 2016 Olympics. Credit: Reuters

Tareq, who stands at just 4ft 2in, finished last but is already the fastest swimmer in her country.

"I'm happy, I feel so happy. It was really cool," she told reporters after competing against adults almost three times her age.

The Bahrain schoolgirl now has a clear goal just one year from Rio de Janeiro 2016: "I want to swim at the Olympics".