The heats of the 100 metre backstroke event at the 2019 World Swimming championships was hit by issues with swimmers either slipping or not getting the push required from the backstroke wedges. One such affected swimmer was Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago. In the initial morning swim Carter had recorded a time of 55.35 for 30th overall. Also suffering a similar fate was Italian swimmer Simone Sabbioni who heard the starter’s gun three times, slipping twice before he was able to put a time that enable him to make the semi finals.
Carter dissatisfied with the wedge and wanting to give his best for himself, and his country and by extension the region requested a second swim.This was accepted and he did not disappoint. He split 26.56 en route to a total time of 54.03. His happiness was seen after the swim as he slapped the water in approval. The time not only got him in into the semifinals in 16th spot but also a new national record .In the semi finals he maintained his overall position and recorded the second fastest time of his career 54.08
Carter’s Top Three Performances
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The University of South California Grad has attained the highest placing for a swimmer in his country at the World Champs. He bettered the previous best placing and time by a swimmer from Trinidad and Tobago as in 2015in Kazan where he placed 33rd in 55.24. He also vaults to the top of the all time CCCAN rankings as he went under the under the 55.21 recorded by legendary Cuban backstroker Neisser Bent . He stroked his way to 55.21 and fourth place ahead of another icon of the region Rodolfo Falcon 55.32 in the Championship final of the race at the 1998 Perth Championships .
CCCAN All Time Top Performers
Making his World Championships debut Jack Kirby cracked the all time top ten list. The incoming USC freshman split 27.64 on way to 56.25 and 42nd place overall.
Third overall from CCCAN was Cuban Armando Barrera 47th overall in a time of 57.00 (split time 27.25).Barrera got the chance to show his best effort in the race on a global stage after an unfortunate disqualification in 2015
Eisner Espinoza Barberena of Nicaragua was 57th overall in time 1:00.56 (split time 29.29).This marks his fourth consecutive time competing at the World Champs.