Of the 59 competitors across the eight heats, the 24-year-old swimmer was ranked 59th with a time of 1 minute 4.95 seconds.
Ethiopian sports Journalists are also criticizing how he came to qualify for Rio in the first place. According to one journalist, Konjit Teshome, ‘Robel the Whale’ is the son of the president of the Eithiopia’s swimming federation. Another Journalist tweeted: ‘Cronyism, favouritism, nepotism. Everything highlighted by #RobelHabte Kiros’ appearance at #Rio2016.’