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Thursday, December 05, 2013
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Record swim puts Carter in World Juniors final
History was made yesterday when Dylan Carter became the first T&T athlete to qualify for the finals of the 100m backstroke event at the World Junior Swimming Championships, currently taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Carter, a multiple regional gold medalist and record holder, rewrote his own 15-17 age group national record of 56.83 seconds, when he touched the wall in 55.64 seconds for a third place rank out of 65 of the world’s best junior backstroke swimmers.
He went 0.01 slower in the semis and advanced to the finals as the fifth fastest qualifier. Incredibly, 0.86 seconds separated first from eighth place in the semifinals, virtually putting every entrant as a medal contender. Danas Rapsys of Lithuania was the fastest qualifier winning in 55.05.
Speaking after the day’s session, Carter said he was happy with his performance. “I felt really good in the preliminary round, knew that I was well prepared and expected the best result,” Carter said. “I am happy that I was able to make the semi-final round from the morning swim and break the national record and felt great after the evening swim having made the finals. I am focused now on tomorrow, as I have the 200 freestyle and then the 100 back. My team mates are very encouraging and share the success with me.”
Four other T&T team members were in action yesterday and all had creditable performances. Joshua Romany also swam the 100 back and placed 45th in 1:01.08. In the female equivalent, Kristin Julien (1:07.80) and Tyla Martin (1:08.29, personal best) placed 48th and 50th, respectively. Jonathan Ramkissoon swam the 100m breaststroke placing 47th in 1:06.48, also a personal best).
Coach Franz Huggins also expressed satisfaction on the performance of the team thus far.
“We have had creditable performances on day one from all athletes, with of course Carter’s achievement being the highlight, which brought some confidence to the camp. It was a historic event for T & T and perhaps the wider Caribbean in having someone from the region make a finals. In fact, the only finalist we have ever had at a world championship was George Bovell.
“Dylan still has a few mistakes to rectify which means we can see some improvement in tomorrow’s final. We have a very important 200 freestyle in the morning so thoughts on the 100 back final take a backseat for now.”
The final is scheduled for 10am (T&T time). Carter is also scheduled to participate in the preliminaries of the 200m freestyle (2am T&T time) swimming out of heat six, lane six. Romany is in heat eight in lane nine while Tyla Martin is also in action today in the 200m butterfly.
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