Francilla Agar

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Francilla Agar
Personal information
Full name Francilla Agar
National team  Dominica
Born (1975-01-14) 14 January 1975 (age 42)
Saint David Parish, Dominica
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 55 kg (121 lb)
Sport
Sport Swimming
Strokes Freestyle

Francilla Agar (born January 14, 1975) is a Dominican former swimmer, who specialized in sprint freestyle events.[1] She is the sister of sprinter Steve Agar. Agar competed for Dominica in the women's 50 m freestyle at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney. She received a ticket from FINA, under a Universality program, in an entry time of 29.90.[2] She challenged seven other swimmers in heat three, including Nigeria's top favorite Ngozi Monu and Aruba's 15-year-old teen Roshendra Vrolijk. She rounded out the field to last place in 32.22, more than two seconds below her entry standard. Agar failed to advance into the semifinals, as she placed sixty-eighth overall out of 74 swimmers in the prelims.[3][4][5]

Agar, who has dual citizenship with Canada, is openly lesbian, and contrasts the openness for LGBT people in Canada, and Sydney, to her childhood home.[6] She was first attracted to women in Dominica, but the conservative and island's small population (about 70,000) population made things tense for expressing her sexuality.[6] "It's very hush, hush. You have to realize that everybody knows you in Dominica. I'm pretty well known back home. I actually choose sometimes not to go back home because it's kind of difficult."[6]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Francilla Agar". Olympics at Sports-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved 25 June 2013. Archived September 23, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Startlist (Heat 3)" (PDF). Sydney 2000. Omega Timing. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  3. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming – Women's 50m Freestyle Heat 3" (PDF). Sydney 2000. LA84 Foundation. p. 164. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Results from the Summer Olympics – Swimming (Women's 50m Freestyle)". Canoe.ca. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sydney 2000: Swimming Results (September 22, 2000)". Sydney 2000. ESPN. Retrieved 14 June 2013. 
  6. ^ a b c Hannan, Phillip (24 January 2001). "Canada's lesbian Olympian: Jet-lagged swimmer was just happy to be in Sydney". Xtra!. Retrieved 12 November 2015.