Norwegian swimmer, Alexander Dale Oen, mourned the victims of the recent tragedy in Oslo and UtÃ¸ya in Norway. He set the fastest time (59.37)Â in the 100 breaststroke semi-finals at the XIV FINA World Championships in Shanghai today.
[Music: “Death of Aase” byÂ NorwegianÂ composer Edvard Grieg]
Alexander broke down in tears during an interview with nrk.no after the heat.
“I pointed atÂ the flag toÂ showÂ that itÂ isÂ important thatÂ we standÂ togetherÂ forÂ what has happenedÂ at home.Â The most important thingÂ now is notÂ swimming”
When asked about what he thought about the tragedy back home he said:
“I have no words. It is too horrible.”
Later Alexander tweated:
“Its been a long day, extremly exhausting emotionally. Now its all up to finding those positive moments the next 18 hours.”