Local swimmer, representing Cape Verde, takes part in Olympics

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Tokyo (WPRI) — A local swimmer, representing Cape Verde at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, hit the water on Sunday.

Jayla Pina, 17, of Seekonk, took part in the Women’s 100m Breaststroke. She finished her heat with a time of 1:16.96 and put her 40th place overall in the event.

Only the top 16 move on the the semifinal round.

Her brother, 22-year-old Troy Pina, is also representing Cape Verde in Tokyo. He will be taking part in the Men’s 50m Freestyle on Friday.

This is the first-ever swimming team Cape Verde has at the Olympics.

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