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Carter misses bronze by .03 seconds
For the second day running, T&T’s Dylan Carter smashed a national record, but this time he was a mere 0.03 seconds short of a bronze medal, when the teenage athlete swam to a fourth placed finish in the 100m backstroke event at the Fourth Fina World Junior Swimming Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, yesterday. A blistering 55.36 finish in the final was a significant improvement from his 55.65 mark a day prior, which was already a national record in the 15-17 age division. Despite his exceptional performance, Carter was just short of a earning his first medal. He was pipped by Russia’s Grigory Tarasevich (55.33), while Apostolos Christou (54.87) of Greece and Danas Rapsys of Lithuania (55.24) took first and second, respectively.
Carter also competed in the Boys 200m freestyle preliminary event and finished fifth in yet another record breaking time of 1:49.39, which was enough to see him through to the final, which he scratched out of to focus in the backstroke final, which was staged within a 10-minute period of each other. The final was won by Australia’s Mackenzie Horton (1:47.55). Speaking after the day’s event, Carter said the decision to scratch the 200m freestyle was a difficult one, but one which seemingly worked in his favour. “(The) decision had me very indecisive at first. I was placed fifth in both races, so it was a dilemma for me,” said Carter. “(However), a decision had to be made as the races were less than 10 minutes apart, there was just no time for me to recuperate.”
But while difficult decisions were being made, Carter is making the most of his experience. “It's an amazing experience here, just walking out on the deck with the guys who are the best in the world at the junior age group. Getting in the pool and swimming is such a great experience,” said Carter. Joshua Romany, who featured in one event yesterday was unable to secure a spot in the final of the 200m freestyle, with a 33rd placed finish (1:55.19. T&T’s Tyla Martin was also in action in the Girls 200m butterfly and finished 32nd in a respectable time of 2:24.15.
Coach Franz Huggins offered praise to Carter. “The race strategy was well executed. We were almost there, missing the medal by 0.03 seconds. Dylan is now the second fastest back stroke swimmer in our nation's history. We move on from this and hope for even greater success tomorrow (today) in the 50m freestyle and back stroke events. The performance in the 100 back stroke built his confidence. We are confident of making another final in this event and the 50 freestyle.” Both Carter (lane eight) and Romany (lane 0) will line up in the 50m freestyle, in heat eight and nine (of nine), respectively. Among the girls, Martin will challenge two preliminary events, the Girls 50m butterfly and the 200m backstroke. Martin lines up lane five of heat four (of eight) in the 50m butterfly. She was seeded in a time of 29.05. In the 200m backstroke preliminary event, Martin will be seen in heat three (of six). Her seeded time is 2:26.63. Martin’s countrymate Kristin Julien is also in heat four in the 50m butterfly and is placed two lanes away in lane three. Her seeded time is 20.04. The duo’s seeded times are the quickest in the heat.
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