RIO 2016 OLYMPICS DAY SEVEN ARIANNA VANDERPOOL –WALLACE AND METELLA ARE FASTEST FROM THE REGION IN THE SPRINTS

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Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace Photo courtesy of swimoutlet.com

 

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Mehdey Metella Photo courtesy of MehdyMetella

 

On Day 7 of the Olympic swimming programme Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace from the Bahamas and Mehdy Metella (French Guiana/France)  established themselves as the best from the region in the 50 metre butterfly and 100 metre freestyle respectively.

Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace Photo courtesy of fitterandfaster.com

 

In the heats of the 50 metre freestyle Arianna worked her way to the semi finals of the event with a quick 24.77 which placed her 13th overall. In the semi-finals she was a mere .09 of a second outside of the final when she registered a time of 24.60. That time stands as the fastest time ever done by a swimmer from the CARIFTA region. The previous fastest mark was also held by Vanderpool –Wallace when she swam 24.64 at the London 2012 Games.

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Mehdy Metella Photo courtesy of Arena Water Instinct France and Stéphane Kempinaire

Metella, who had the day before established himself as the fastest swimmer from the region in the 100 metre butterfly when he stopped the clock at 51.71 in the heats would be even faster in the final. He would turn at the 50 metre in 24.24 and come home in 27.34 to establish a new CARIFTA region best time of 51.58 and place 6th. He is the only sub 52 seconds swimmer the region has produced.

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Allyson Ponson of Aruba became the fastest female swimmer for her country at the Games when she touched the pads in a time of 26.00 in the 50 metre freestyle for 45th overall. The previous best of 28.43 was recorded by Roshendra Vrolijk at the Athens 2004 Games.

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Elinah Phillip of the British Virgin Islands lay down the marker for her country as she became the first person to compete in swimming at the Olympics. She had an effort of 26.26 in the 50 metre freestyle which placed her 48th .

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Also creating history for her country was Bermuda’s Rebecca Heyliger who became the first female swimmer to compete in the 50 metre freestyle. She swam to a time of 26.54 to place 52nd overall.

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Another swimmer setting new standards was Antigua and Barbuda’s Samantha Roberts. She became the fastest swimmer from her country regardless of gender at the Games when she clocked 27.95 in the heats of the 50 metre freestyle. The previous best was 30.01 registered by Karin O’Reilly Clashing at the London 2012 Games.

Jamila Sanmoogan
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Jamila Sanmoogan of Guyana became the first female swimmer to compete in the 50 metre freestyle at the Olympics. She posted a time of 28.88 for 63rd overall.

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