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Carter adds silver in China

Friday, August 22, 2014
“They are for her”, could well be what swimmer Dylan Carter is saying as he displays his medals while being hugged by his mother, Tracy, following his silver medal success in the 50 metres butterfly at the Youth Olympics in China, yesterday.

Top Trinidad and Tobago junior swimmer Dylan Carter closed off his Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games campaign with his second medal when he won silver in the Men’s 50m butterfly, yesterday.

Carter sped to a new PR of 23.81 in a race he lead for 49 metres.

After another great start, Carter held a quarter body-length lead over China’s Hexin You, the man who won the Men’s 50m free in world junior record time on Wednesday, at the 15 metre mark.

But Yu clawed back into the two-man contest with every stroke and was closing at the wall when Carter lunged for the finish.

Yu, who had 19 minutes earlier competed in the Men’s 100m free semifinal and successfully advanced to today’s final, timed his final stroke better and won in 23.69 seconds to Carter’s 23.81.

Carter’s silver followed on his bronze from the day before in the Men’s 50m free.

His teammate Johnnya Ferdinand placed 30th in the Women’s 50m free event in a time of 27.31.

The swimmers including David Mc Leod have now concluded their competitive participation at YOG.

In athletics, both Anduwelle Wright (men’s long jump-6.92metres) and Chelsea James (women’s shot putt-15.15 m) finished in ninth place and will contest the B finals of their event Sunday.

In beach volleyball, the T&T team of Chelsi Ward and Malika Davidson went under 2-0 to China (21-4, 21-14) and will have to defeat Bolivia today to advance to the round of 24.

And in sailing, TT’s Abigail Affoo’s progress was stymied again by the lack of wind as there were no races at Jinniu Lake yesterday. Weather permitting, Affoo will race today.

President of the T&T Olympic Committee, Brian Lewis, congratulated Carter on his performance, noting that the talented youth had a bright future.

“He’s continued to show legitimate and real talent. It’s a great achievement coming on the back of his gold medal at the World Junior Championships last year and his reaching the finals of the Commonwealth Games last month. He definitely has a bright future.”

Lewis also commended Carter’s parents Everard and Tracy as well as his coach Franz Huggins.

“Whenever an athlete medals at a big event there are lots of people working behind the scenes in his support network who deserve credit.”

He added that Carter was among a new generation of promising athletes for whom he had big expectations.

“The objective we have set is for T&T to win ten Olympic gold medals in 2024. The talent and potential is there and it’s up to the TTOC, the Ministry of Sports and the National Sporting Organisations to collaborate to ensure that the infrastructure and systems are in place to give athletes everything they need to perform at their best.”


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