Dubai-based Pakistani swimmer Lianna Catherine Swan claimed the first gold medal for Pakistan on Saturday in the 2016 South Asian Games underway in Gawahati, India.
Swan won the 200m breaststroke, clocking in at 2.48 minutes, leaving behind rival contenders Hasanthi Nugawela of Sri Lanka and Romana Akhtar of Bangladesh, who followed her at second and third places, bagging the silver and bronze respectively.
The daughter of a Pakistani mother and British father, Swan studies at the Jumeirah College in Dubai. The dual nationality holder has opted to join the Pakistani swimming squad. She competed for Pakistan in the 2010 Asian Games, the 2011 FINA World Cup in Dubai, and the 2013 FINA World Aquatics Championships in Spain. She holds seven national records, specializing in breaststroke.
Luck continued to favour Swan on Sunday too, when she finished in second place in the 100m breaststroke competition, adding a silver medal to her gold.
Swan now has her sights set on the Rio Olympics taking place later this year, where she is expecting to represent Pakistan again.