Rio 2016 Olympian Alex Sobers has established himself as the go to man for Barbados in the freestyle events in recent years from the 100 metres upwards.
Having already captured the 400 metre national record with a time of 3:57.30 at the 2016 Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships it would be natural that the 200 metre national standard of 1:52.30 held by Olympian Bradley Ally (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012) would be a target heading into the World Championships in Budapest.
On June 30 in the Men’s 18 and over at the CCCAN Championship final in Trinidad and Tobago he placed fourth in a then personal best time of 1:53.00. That swim put the record on notice that it would be a matter of time before he lowered it.
Less than a month later he would fall agonizingly short of the mark when he hit the pads in a time of 1:52.50 ranking him 44th overall. That performance was the best time ever done by a swimmer from Barbados at the World Championships. It was also the best placing by a man from Barbados at the global competition. The previous best time and placing was 1:57.74 and 68th spot by Christian Selby at the 2015 Kazan Championships.
That swim put him ahead of the former national record holder Olympian Damian Alleyne (Sydney 2000, Athens 2004) who had set the record at 1:52.75 winning heat 3 of the event at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games on Sep 17, 2000.
Ally lowered that mark almost seven years later leading off the Pine Crest 800 freestyle A team at the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships in Indianapolis. That team which would place fifth overall in 7:31.23 included Cayman Islands Olympian Shaune Fraser (Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012) handling second leg duties.
Analysis of the fastest three swims by a swimmer from Barbados
|Name||Date||Meet||First 50||Second 50||Third 50||Fourth 50||Final time|
|Damian Alleyne||Sep 17,2000||Olympics||27.04||28.48||28.81||28.42||1:52.75|
|Alex Sobers||July 24,2017||World Champs||26.82||28.38||28.75||28.55||1:52.50|
|Bradley Ally||Aug 2,2007||US Nationals||26.14||28.27||28.62||29.27||1:52.30|
Sobers, who is now sophomore at Emmanuel College made a huge impact for the Franklin Springs Georgia based institution in the 2016 -2017. see link below
He set three individual records and was a part of four record breaking relay teams.
|100 yard freeestyle||44.26|
|200 yard freestyle||1:35.95|
|500 yard freestyle||4:27.56|
|200 yard freestyle relay||1:22.55|
|400 yard freestyle relay||3:00.26|
|800 yard freestyle relay||6:42.23|
|400 yard medley relay||3:18.77|
He got the 2017 -2018 to a winning start as Emmanuel won their Invitational on Saturday Oct 7. Sobers won the 100 yard freestyle by almost four seconds touching the clock in 45.29.That swimis also the fastest time in Division 2 so far.He also had the fastest 50 freestyle split of all relay legs as he anchored the A team to 1:27.53 with his split of 21.10.