Despite being surrounded by water, Cape Verde has never presented a team to represent them in swimming competition neither has the country ever won an Olympic medal.
But, the island nation, for the first time will compete in swimming at the 2020 Olympics holding in Tokyo between July 24, and August 9, as the Cape Verde Olympic Committee heard about three siblings in the United States of America, all competitive swimmers, the Pina siblings, and of Cape Verdean descent.
The siblings, Latroya, Troy, and Jayla, will join one other swimmer to represent their mother's place of birth at the forthcoming Olympic in Tokyo.
Though the siblings have never been to the archipelago nation off the north-west of Africa, but their mother was born there and they hope to win the country's first gold medal for it at the Olympic as they hope to follow in the footsteps of Simone Manuel, who became the first black female swimmer to win an Olympic gold medal in 2016.
Their journey to the Olympic started with a Facebook post made by their mother of her swimming kids. Latroya was the first in her family to learn how to swimming as she represent her school, Howard University in various swimming competition and is the school's star swimmer. She later encouraged her siblings to join her.
While Troy will participate in the categories of 50m freestyle and 50m butterfly, Latroya will compete in the 100m freestyle and 50m freestyle and Jayla will join in the 50m and 100m face down.
It should be noted that the three brothers, resident in the USA, made the debut of Cape Verde at the African swimming championship last December.
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