The CARIFTA region will have two representatives in Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson and Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter Championship finals on Day 2 of the 13th World Short Course Swimming Championships in Windsor Canada today Wednesday Dec 7, 2016. Alia will have the first chance to win Gold when she competes at approximately 7:11pm Jamaica time in the 50 metre breaststroke final. She will be followed immediately by Carter who will contest the final of the 200 metre freestyle at 7:23 Jamaica time.
For the 5 time World Championships veteran Atkinson this will be her 4th consecutive 50 metre breaststroke Championship Final .
|2014||Doha||50 metre breaststroke||28.91||Silver|
|2012||Turkey||50 metre breaststroke||29.67||Silver|
|2010||Dubai||50 metre breaststroke||30.22||6th|
After medalling in the last 2 Championships she will be looking to be atop the podium tonight. She entered the meet with # 1 ranking and World Record of 28.64. Throughout qualifying she has topped the field with heats and semi-finals times of 29.48 and 29.09 respectively. She will be in Lane 4 in the final. She will be flanked by Americans Lilly King and Molly Hannis who qualified with times 29.17 and 29.88.
Dylan Carter came to these World Championships from a very impressive Texas Invitational and in great form. The coaching decision to scratch from the 100 metre backstroke and focus on the 200 metre freestyle today proved a very wise one as he topped the qualifiers heading into the final with national record breaking performance of 1:42.90.
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That broke the record of 1:44.81 that George Bovell III recorded when leading off the Auburn University to 4th place at the 2004 NCAA finals when meet was contested in short course metres. It is also the 5th fastest performance of the year. He was the only swimmer to break 1:43 seconds this morning. He will swim from Lane 4 tonight he will be flanked by South African Myles Brown and Russian Aleksandr Krasnykh. He has already made history for his nation by becoming the first Championship final qualifier in the event.
Tonight promises to be a very special night not only Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago but the wider Caribbean.