Four brothers — Obaid, Saeed, Bakheet and Faisal al Jasmi — competed together in the 400-meter freestyle relay heats.
The brothers finished 14th in the 15-team field, but perhaps more importantly they became the first all-brother tandem in a world championship relay.
“We are so, so proud with what we have done,” said Obaid, the family captain. “I think all the swimmers are amazed with what the UAE achieved. The swimming pool is like an oasis in the middle of the desert.”
The youngest brother, Faisal, is a freshman at Arizona State University. He doesn’t swim on the school’s official team, however, competing at club level instead.
The Al Jasmi family has six brothers overall and the other two are also swimmers.
However, Sultan al Jasmi is also studying in United States, but had final exams and couldn’t compete, while the oldest brother in the family, Mohammed, is managing the team here.
The brothers’ next goal is to qualify for the long-course world championships in Shanghai next year, then the 2012 London Olympics.
However, with stricter entry standards, qualifying for those meets won’t be so easy.