Michael Gunning made his senior international debut for Jamaica on the best possible note by breaking the national 200 metre freestyle record. The national standard had already belonged to him with a time of 1:50.71 (split time 53.04) set on April 23 at the British Championships.
Competing today Monday July 24 he lowered that mark to 1:50.00 (split time 53.20) to place 43rd overall. That is the best placing for a Jamaican man at the World championships since Olympian Sion Brinn (1996) competed at the 1994 Rome Italy World Championships. His performance places him third in amongst swimmers from the CARIFTA region and fourth overall in the CCCAN region.
When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Gunning about his record breaking swim he had the following thoughts
“I’m so happy to grab that National Record this morning. It’s great to be competing against the best in the world again and the whole experience so far has been fantastic. This swim this morning showed I’m learning and getting better all the time so it’s an exciting time. I have my main event up tomorrow in the 200M Butterfly so I’m super exited to see what that will bring!”
Michael whose father is Jamaican and has family who live in Kingston said his parents are “over the moon about me representing Jamaica” and will be aiming for another top performance in his final event the 200 metre butterfly tomorrow. The national mark which also belongs to him stands at 1:59.83.