TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO’S KAEL YORKE BREAKS 55 SECONDS IN THE 100 METRE BUTTERFLY , CLOSES IN ON NATIONAL AGE GROUP RECORD

Kael Yorke continues to impress in the butterfly events and achieved a new milestone for himself when he went under the  55 seconds 100 metre butterfly barrier on Friday May 11 at the 2018 National Open Long Course Championships at the National Aquatic Centre in Balmain Couva.    .

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15-17 100 metre butterfly podium from left to right  Nicholas Vale Silver Jamaica, Yorke Gold ,  Jesse Marsh Bronze  Jamaica Photo courtesy of Mike C Lyn

The meet which ran from May 10 to 13 saw the reigning CARIFTA champion in this event lowering the meet record of 55.64 held by a former CARIFTA standout Cadell Lyons.

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Cadell Lyons Photo courtesy of nolefan.org

In the morning heats he swam a personal best of 55.26 lowering the old meet record . In the final he produced his best effort to date of 54.84. That swim moved him again past the Youth Olympic A standard of 55.59 and also his country’s CAC qualifying mark of 55.02.He also closes in on the national age group record of 54.21 set by Dylan Carter in 2014 at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

THE ROAD TO SUB 55

 Meet Time
2016 CISC heats 58.59
2016 CISC 56.96
ASATT Dec 2016 56.89
 2017 March Nationals March 56.95
2017 CARIFTA heats 57.62
2017 CARIFTA 56.51
2017 Nationals heats 1:00.64
2017 Nationals 56.06
2017 CCCAN 55.78
2017 World Juniors 55.91
ASATT Dec 2017 56.05
2018 UNANA Cup 56.53
2018 February Nationals 56.82
2018 CARIFTA heats 56.43
2018 CARIFTA 55.57
2018 Nationals heats 55.26
2018 Nationals 54.85
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Kael Yorke checks his times after his race at CARIFTA Championships in Kingston Jamaica. Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

At the 2018 CARIFTA Championships just missed out on a historic treble in the butterfly events when he won Gold in the 200 butterfly , Gold in the 100 butterfly and Silver in the 50. The Gold in the 100.The Gold in the 100 metre butterfly in  his final CARIFTA marked the Third Gold he won in the event and the fifth medal overall.

Kael Yorke Gold medallist
Kael Yorke with CARIFTA 100 metre butterfly  2017 

CARIFTA 100 METRE BUTTERFLY MEDAL TALLY

2018 Kingston 55.57 Gold 15-17
2017 The Bahamas 56.51 Gold 15-17
2015 Barbados 58.17 Gold 13-14
2014 Aruba 1:00.61 Bronze 13-14
2013 Jamaica 1:04.63 Silver 11-12

When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Yorke on May 14 he gave his thoughts on the road to sub 55, the actual race and his training since CARIFTA

Kael off the blocks
Kael Yorke diving off the blocks in the heats of the 50 metre butterfly Photo courtesy of Harold Wilson

“The race was good one.The 54.84 was my best time and it was the first time I went under the 55 seconds barrier. My previous best time which I did in the heats was 55.26.Those times were great for me because I was at 55 for a good while now.I had done 55.78 at CCCAN (at home) so it is really a good feeling to do 54 finally. I changed my tactics for the race. Normally I would hold back a little bit for the first 50 metres. But this time I held a smooth constant pace and did a faster time in the first 50 and just held my normal pace going into the last 50.I also focused on my underwaters going off the turn. I made sure to hold my breath coming off the turn . I would normally breathe coming off the wall and not breathing aided my momentum.I also made the qualifying time for CAC which was 55.02and I also improved upon my time for the Youth Olympic Games.The time also broke the meet record .Even though it was not a national record it was still a great achievement for me. Training after CARIFTA intensified.I really started working on my dryland and strength training. I started to do more exercises to help strengthen my body for the butterfly .Also the training in the pool has been very extensive and more work has been put into the long course training.I have been doing more butterfly and freestyle sets and also more endurance sets for my races which has greatly helped in improving my times for the 100 and also the 200, The training has been going well.I have cut down training a little bit because of the CAPE examinations that have been going on. But after exams I will go on to my regular pool and strength sessions so I can be fully prepared for the CAC Games”.

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