Dar es Salaam. Swimmers from various clubs in the country yesterday took part in the first day of the Taliss-IST swimming championships held in Dar es Salaam.

The event saw 250 swimmers from nine clubs fighting for top honours.

The clubs are  International School of Moshi (ISM),  Wahoo (Zanzibar), FK (Dar es Salaam), ISM (Arusha),  Dar es Salaam Swimming Club (Dar es Salaam), Bluefins (Dar es Salaam) and Mwanza Swimming Club.

The event, which featured U-8 swimmers and above 15, was coloured by relay events that made the game enthusiasts excited while Tanzania Swimming Association (TSA) officials were very busy scouting talented swimmers for the national team.

The U-8 swimmers competed in two relays including 4 x50 Individual Medley (IM) and 4x50 Freestyle.

The swimmers showcased their talent in the butterfly style before turning to backstroke, breaststroke, and finishing with freestyle.

As the U-8 swimmers left the fans excited, U-12 and 13-14 aged swimmers and those aged above 15 sparkled in Medley and Freestyle Relays.

The swimmers also featured in five swimming styles in various distances. They competed in 50m, 100m and 200m in butterfly, backstroke, breaststroke and Individual Medley (IM).

The swimmers also competed in various events categorised according age. Male and female swimmers, who competed in various events were U-8, 9 and 10, 11 and 12, 13 and 14 and 15 and above 15.

Speaking with The Citizen yesterday, Taliss-IST manager Hadija Shebe said many swimmers improved their personal best (PBs) while others were crowned with various medals.

Hadija said various records were broken in the event sponsored by DStv, Jubilee Insurance,  Azam, Pepsi, K&K Company, SDS, RK Technotronics, Kaka’s Restaurant, Subway Osterbay and Taliss- IST Parents.

She also thanked TSA for the best support including supervising the event, saying that 71 events had been completed in the first day while all the swimmers are set to feature in 36 events scheduled for today.