Know Our Tokyo Olympians: Ariful Islam
Ariful Islam aka Mohammed Ariful Islam is a 22 years old Bangladeshi navy freestyle swimmer. He appeared in the Tokyo Olympic 2020 through wildcard entry. He is the luckiest 50m freestyle swimmer selected by Bangladesh Swimming Federation. Swimming federation nominated Ariful’s name to the International Olympic Committee and FINA via the National Olympic Committee and Bangladesh Olympic Association. It’s mention worthy that MD Ariful Islam is the proud Bangladeshi flag holder of the Tokyo Olympic 2020 tournament.
Biography of the Swimmer Ariful Islam
- Name – Mohammad Ariful Islam
- Age – 22 Years
- Date of Birth – 10 January 1999
- Height – 1.72m
- Weight – 62kg
- Country – Bangladesh
Career Info of Ariful Islam
- Occupation – Armed Forces Athlete
- Club – Bangladesh Navy
- Coach – Mahbubur Rahman (club) & Nivedita Das (national)
- Training – Olympic Solidarity Scholarship Programme training in Rouen, France since 2018
- Award – Flag bearer for Bangladesh at the opening ceremony of the Tokyo Olympic Games 2020
- Sporting Sibling – Brother Shariful Islam, swimmer at national level in Bangladesh
Records and Achievements of MD Ariful Islam
Being a successful Bangladeshi freestyle swimmer, Ariful Islam participated in the 100 meter breaststroke competition at FINA World Championship organized by South Korea. He was able to secure 78th place among 87 in that competitive tournament. His best timing of all time is 24.92 seconds from this swimming championship. Will he be able to overcome this timing in the Tokyo Olympics?
In Bangladeshi National Championship, Ariful Islam is the proud winner of the 10 gold medels. In 2014, he was able to perform 100m breaststroke at 1 minute 7 second timing. Now he can make it within 1 minute 2 seconds though he is trying hard to achieve 59 seconds timing in 100m breaststroke. Now Ariful Islam is pretty much confident to break his previous record 24.92 seconds for 50m freestyle swimming at Tokyo Olympics.
To prepare himself for the Tokyo Olympic Games, he trained for 2 years in the Ruar Club The Fiking Swimming Complex of Rouen, France facilitated by the solidarity scholarship program.