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Magdalena's Olympic odyssey

Magdalena Moshi may swim out of the Olympics spotlight but her achievements are no less remarkable.

The Health Sciences student is a two-time Olympian and was the first female Tanzanian swimmer to represent her country in any international competition.

At London, she competed in the 100m freestyle and recorded an equal personal best time - despite a major shoulder injury suffered 10 days before competition.

"It was extremely disappointing to get injured so close to the Games, but I was proud that I still competed and swam an equal PB," she said.

Magdalena combined her swimming and studies in a hectic schedule leading up to London: days beginning at 4am, up to eight swimming and four gym sessions per week, plus her regular university workload - and mainly done by catching buses, as she has limited access to a car.

She said she was thankful for such programs as the University's Elite Athletes Support and Information Service, which aims to help student-athletes balance their commitments.

"I love it here at Adelaide - the uni is great and the lecturers have been really flexible with my classes and my swimming," she said.
While her sporting focus is to recover from her shoulder injury before planning future goals such as the 2014 Commonwealth Games or 2016 Olympics, she is clear on her educational and career goals.

"I'm hoping to use my degree to go back to Tanzania and work in physiology or public health. Diseases like malaria are still a big problem there and what I like about public health is that the work you do can influence potentially millions of lives."

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story by Ben Osborne

Magdalena (centre) with her mother and US tennis great Venus Williams at the London Olympic Village.

Magdalena (centre) with her mother and US tennis great Venus Williams at the London Olympic Village.
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