ALLYSON PONSON’S 100 METRE FREESTYLE PLACING RANKS AS THE BEST FOR AN ARUBAN WOMAN AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

At the recently concluded World Championships in Budapest Hungary Aruba’s Olympian Allyson Ponson (2016) established a new marker for her country’s female freestyle sprinters when she finished in the top 50 in the 100 metre freestyle.

Allyson Ponson Aruba rio 2016 opening ceremony wikipedia
Allyson Ponson at the 2016 Rio Olympics opening ceremony Photo courtesy of wikipedia

Ponson finished  47th in the 100 metre freestyle in 58.81.That bettered the previous best placing of 53rd at the 2013 Barcelona Championships which Allyson had registered. In the 50 metre freestyle Allyson was 44th with a clocking of 26.76. That  50 metre sprint effort was the 2nd best performance by an Aruban woman at the global competition.

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to the national record holder in both events on July 29 she gave her perspective on her Budapest experience

“The experience has been so much fun being with my teammates again and seeing them swim such fast times it was definitely motivating. Also watching the world’s best swimmers compete is such a great learning experience. For me however the meet didn’t go as wanted, I had a busy year with my  first internship which was 40 hours a week so I didn’t train like I wanted to. But overall I am happy with the times I did and the opportunity I have gotten to be able to swim amongst the best swimmers in the world”.

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