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Carter chases gold medal
T&T swimmer Dylan Carter will compete for gold from 6 pm (6 am TT time) today in the Men’s 50m freestyle at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China. At the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium yesterday, the World Junior silver medallist Carter secured a final spot in swimming’s blue riband event when he won semifinal one in a personal record of 22.49 seconds.
Carter had the quickest reaction off the blocks in 0.59 seconds but his hands became separated in his streamline underwater and the 18-year-old University of Southern California sophomore broke roughly to the surface. His class shone through as he was still able to be the first to the 15m mark and drew away from the rest of the field to touch the Omega time pad first.
After the second semifinal, which was won by home crowd favourite Hexin Lu in a new junior world record time of 22.01 ahead of Brazilian Matheus de Santana (22.48), Carter will swim out of lane three in the final as the third fastest seed.
In the morning preliminaries, Carter won heat six of seven in a then new PR of 22.65, which bettered his previous mark of 23.01 from last year’s FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai.
He was also ranked second out of the heats behind heat seven winner de Santana (22.55) while Lu won heat four in 22.79.
His team-mate David Mc Leod missed out on a semifinal spot in the Men’s 50m backstroke (26.78) by five hundredths of a second, placing 17th. Meanwhile, the women’s volleyball team of Chelsi Ward and Malika Davidson earned their first points of the campaign when they defeated Congo 2–0 (21–19, 21–9). At the Youth Olympic Sport Park, Ward and Davidson overcame a slow start to run over their African opponents.
The pair were down 16–19 but rattled off five straight uncontested points to seal the set. The T&T team got off to a fast start, up 8–0, and played a serve and defend game to see out the set and earn the victory.
After a rest day today, T&T will play the winless China, then Bolivia Friday. At the Jinniu Lake yesterday, young sailor Abigail Affoo and the rest of the youth sailors were left stranded as low winds prevented any races from being run at the course. Conditions permitting, racing will resume today. In Athletics, Jeminise Parris tackles the Women’s 100m hurdles while Kashief King runs in the men’s 400m.