IZAAK BASTIAN CONTINUES TRAILBLAZING PERFORMANCE AT COMMONWEALTH YOUTH GAMES BY WINNING BRONZE IN THE 100 METRE BREASTSTROKE

 

When the Commonwealth Youth Games swimming competition started at the Betty Kelly-Kenning Aquatic Centre on Wednesday July 19 no Bahamian man had won a medal at either the Youth or senior level. Izaak changed that with a Silver medal winning performance in the 50 metre breaststroke on Thursday July 20.

Bastian family happy with win
Bastian family celebrating Izaak’s Silver medal winning performance from left to right mother Shelly, Izaak, father Darren and older brother Drew Photo courtesy of Shelly Bastian

He would double that medal count for his nation on Friday July 21 when he won the Bronze medal in the 100 metre breaststroke in a new personal best time of 1:03.71.

Izaak Bastian
Izaak Bastian

On April 18 in his first year in the 15-17 age group he won the 100 metre breaststroke CARIFTA crown at the same venue in a time of 1:04.68. On the third day of competition in the morning heats he secured a spot in the Championship final with a time of 1:04.90 for 7th overall. In the final the CARIFTA Champion would improve upon that placing to win a historic Bronze medal in 1:03.71 to cement his place in Bahamian sports history as the only male medallist in swimming at the Commonwealth Games with two medals, Silver and now Bronze. The breaststroke sprint double was completed by South African Michael Houlie who won in a time of 1:01.86. The Silver was won by Singapore’s ZongXian Khoo with a clocking of 1:03.41.

Izaak Bahamas Nationals
Izaak Bastian  Photo courtesy of Bahamas Swimming

Draftingthecaribbean  asked Izaak about his thoughts on his Bronze medal winning performance

“It was a pretty good race. I felt a few things were off . Small details like my finish and stroke count were off also my start was a little too deep. I went out pretty slow compared to what I expected to go out in. So when I turned and saw everybody already doing their pullouts I knew that I had to bring it home fast as I could to try and come home and not be last and I guess it worked out for the best”.

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