World-class swimmer Oussama “Ous” Mellouli from Tunisia will headline the seventh staging of the 2019 Lifespan 5K Open Water Swim Festival scheduled for James Bond Beach in Oracabessa, St Mary on Sunday, September 29.
Mellouli who competes in freestyle and medley events, is a three-time Olympic medallist, and is also the African record holder. He trains with the University of South Carolina Trojans team.
The Tunisian was the 1500-metres freestyle world champion at the 2009 World Aquatics Championships, with a swimming time of 14:37.28, then the second-best performance of all time.
Mellouli was also a gold medallist in the 1500m freestyle final at the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing, China, and bronze medallist in the 1500-m freestyle at the 2012 Olympics in London, England.
The 35-year-old Tunisian was also the gold medallist in the 10K marathon swim at the 2012 Olympics.