Ethiopia’s Olympic swimmer, Robel Kiros Habte, is going lots of passion and abhor on social media after sprinkling his channel through the 100 -meter freestyle heats in Rio.
Despite being less-than-chiselled and finishing 59 th out of 59 competitors( finishing an entire 17 seconds behind number 1 ), the person who is the media have dubbed “Robel the Whale” was joyous as blaze happening there. But despite his cult-like status among fans, he’s been drenched with criticism.
The university student was fuelled after his not-so-stellar swimming. He told Reuters, “I am so happy because it is my first challenger in the Olympics. So thanks for God.”
Ethiopia is traditionally associated with Olympic success in land-based affairs, rather than in the pond, a known fact that had Habte looking to represent our own countries in a different way. “I wanted to do something different for my own country, that’s why I choice swimming, ” he suggested.
“Everybody, every day you wake up in Ethiopia, “youre running”. Not swimming. But I didn’t want to run, I wanted to be a swimmer It didn’t matter where I finished, ” he added.
Robel Kiros Habte wanted to do something different for his country at the Olympics.More power to you Robel !!
Dem Man (@ MandemOfficial) August 10, 2016
Habte told the Daily Mail that although the ‘dad bod’ mentions were hurtful, its most recent load is due to recovering from a car accident and he’ll be getting back in shape in time for the World Championships in Canada.
“It has been difficult, ” he articulated, “They have utilized dirty language against me and announced me fat and a big man and a whale maybe after 1 week I can go back to the internet.”
“I was not astonished that I finished far behind and last. I was expecting that. Ethiopia is not a swimmers’ country and I have not trained in an Olympic size pool, ” he said.
But not everything is sunshine and support for the jock. Aside from the problematic body shaming and Eric the Eelcomparisons, some people on social media ought to have quick to wonder how he qualified for the Games.
According to some, Habte was sent to Rio based on nepotism as opposed to ability. Supposedly, chairman of the Ethiopian Swimming Federation, Kiros Habte Kinfe, is Robel’s very own father-god.
According to boast reporter Konjit Teshome, Robel Kiros Habte aka the Whale is the son of Ethiopian swimming confederation president.
Am Sirak (@ Jeberara1) August 9, 2016
Sigh. We precisely don’t know what to think anymore.