On the sixth day of competition (July 28) of the 2017 World Swimming championships in Budapest Hungary Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Dylan Carter (2016) topped the CCCAN and CARIFTA rankings in the 100 metre butterfly with a time of 52.73 (split time 23.98) to place 28th. He was the only one from both regional groupings to be under the 53 seconds barrier.
He had established himself as the joint fastest CARIFTA swimmer of all time in the event when he won Gold at the CCCAN Championships last month with a time of 52.73. He holds this accolade with Olympian Barbadian Bradley Ally (2004, 2008, and 2012) who recorded that time in 2009. When Carter touched the timing pads he bettered the best time by a CARIFTA region swimmer at the World championships.
The previous best time was 53.29 set by 1988 Olympic Gold medallist in the event Suriname’s Anthony Nesty (1984, 1988,1992). Nesty, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago won the event with that time at the 1991 Perth Australia World Championships.
Dylan’s placing of 28th is the best all time World Championships placing by a male swimmer from the twin island republic. The previous best placing was 41st by Joshua McLeod at the 2013 Barcelona, Spain World Championships. It is also the best placing for a CCCAN or CARIFTA swimmer since 2003.
Jamaican World record holder Alia Atkinson opened her 2017-2018 FINA/airweave Swimming World Cup with her 25th career win in the 50 scm (short course metre) breaststroke (25 metre pool) today in Moscow Russia.
After cruising to make the make the final with a time of 29.73 she would face long time rival and former World Record holder Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte. In the final it would be the European who got the early advantage with a better reaction time to Alia 0.59 to 0.69.But as seen in the her build up to her European cluster campaign Atkinson has developed her back end speed . At the death it would be the fastest woman ever in the event Atkinson getting her hands to the wall first in a time of 29.46. Ruta won the Silver in 29.51. Russian Natalia Ivaneeva won the Bronze in a time of 29.87.
Atkinson competed at eight of the nine World Cup stops last season and was undefeated in all eight of her 50 metre breaststroke races.
In her final race of the day she competed in a stacked final of the 100 metre individual medley. The race would go to the World record holder in the event the “Iron lady” Katinka Hosszu of Hungary in 57.02.Sweden’s World record holder in the 100 scm butterfly Sarah Sjöström won the Silver in 54.61. Former World record holder in the event Australian Emily Seebohm won Bronze in 58.63. Atkinson, the CCCAN and CARIFTA’s standard bearer in the event was fourth in 59.55. Alia was 8th at the halfway mark but there was too much a gap for her to close to be on the podium.
On Day two she will be in action in the 200 scm breaststroke and 100 scm butterfly.
Venezuela ‘s standard bearer in the 200 metre butterfly at the last two World Championships (Kazan and Barcelona) Olympian Marcos Lavado (2012) continued to be the man to call on at 2017 Budapest World Championships as he again recorded the regional best time of 1:57.37 for 19th overall.
Not only did he better his best World Championship time and placing from 2013 of 1:58.69 and 22nd position he also recorded the fastest time ever done by a Venezuelan swimmer at the World Championships.
Lavado’s performance should come as no surprise as he broke the national record of 1:57.51 by Olympian Rafael Vidal when he won the Bronze medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Games with a swim of 1:56.98 at the Aquatic International Invitational in Barbados.
When draftingthecaribbean spoke to Lavado he spoke about his performances and his plans
“I think it was a great meet for me, I was in good shape and I felt confident that I could drop my times… I swam 200 and 100 butterfly where I got 19th and (53.97) 45th place respectively. They weren’t my best times but I can take them and I know that I can do better with my coach Gianluca Alberani who has supported me since I arrive to this swimming club (Azura Florida Aquatics) in January 2016. Now I’d like to take a little break and start a new plan and talk with my coaches what are the most important meets to be focus on for next year”
Another promising athlete from the CARIFTA region Lauren Hew of the Cayman Islands competed in the 2017 World Championships in Budapest Hungary and made her mark by giving her home nation the best placing it has ever had in the women’s 100 metre backstroke.
The reigning 15-17 CARIFTA Champion in the 100 metre backstroke Hew stopped the clock in in 1:08.38 for 50th position overall. That is the best a woman from the Cayman Islands has ever placed in the event surpassing the the 54th ranking by Lara Butler at the 2015 Kazan Championships. It was also the 4th fastest time from a CCCAN representative. In the 200 metre freestyle, an event which she is also the CARIFTA champion she placed 41st overall with a time of 2:08.91. She was again 4th among CCCAN swimmers at the global championships. Hew’s swim in the 200 metre freestyle is historic as it the first time a woman from the Cayman Islands has competed in the race at the long course World Championships.
When draftingthecaribbean spoke to her on Wednesday July 26 she gave her thoughts on her races and what experience she has gained from competing at the World Championships
“The 100 back was off but the 200 free was a better race. Although I added time in it as well, I was happy that I took the race out with a perfect easy speed and I just need to make sure I can make the second half where it needs to be. The atmosphere is definitely something special and one that is not often experienced. It is intimidating to race at this meet but of course it is an amazing experience and something to learn from. For this reason the focus isn’t greatly on my times but more on learning from the races. It’s very exciting and such an honour to be able to warm up and down in the same lanes as some of the world’s top swimmers. It’s also amazing to be able to train in the brand new facilities here surrounded by these amazing athletes for a few days before I head off to another competition”.
On Tuesday July 25 at the 2017 FINA World Swimming Championships saw history being made for the CCCAN region in the 800 metre freestyle as Olympian Marcelo Acosta (2016) of El Salvador became the first swimmer to break 8 minutes with a swim of 7:55.70. The closest before Acosta’s historic achievement was Mexico’s Ricardo Vargas at 8:00.47 who split that time at the 800 metre mark during his 1500 metre race at the Rio 2016 Olympics.
Marcelo gave a hint as to what was possible when he stopped the clock in 8:01.28 at the ARENA Pro Swim series Santa Clara in June. At the meeting of the world’s best in Hungary he had a number of misses with his national records. In the 400 metre freestyle where he was the CCCAN performer he clocked 3:51.76 (split time 1:52.44) for 24th overall. His national standard is 3:48.82 from the Rio Games.
In the 200 freestyle he split 54.99 on his way to a total time of 1:50.92, the 5th fastest in the CCCAN region. He rattled his 1:50.35 record set the ARENA Pro Swim Series Atlanta.
In the 800 metre freestyle he would leave nothing to chance in terms of a record breaking performance and won heat 2.Marcelo started off the sub 8 minute effort with a 57.01 opening 100 metres
Analysis of Acosta’s 800 metre freestyle
His achievement has come through dogged persistence as the event demands and seen through his improving results at the Championships
It also the best performance by the region so far in Budapest and the top performance in the event in over a decade
As it has been for the entire 2016 -2017 one name has stood out among the region’s elite male swimmer in the swimmers in the 200 freestyle event. Whether it was the 200 metre freestyle at the World Short Course Swimming championships or the 200 yard freestyle at the prestigious NCAA Division 1 Championships Trinidad and Tobago’s Dylan Carter has been region’s man to be the standard bearer. So it was no surprise when he again led the region with 200 metre freestyle at the World Long course swimming championships in national record time.
The national mark of 1:48.44 set at the Caribbean Islands Swimming championships was on borrowed time from the Mesa Swim meet when Carter touched in a winning time of 1:48.45. At his home meet the CCCAN Championships in Trinidad and Tobago he again got the job done in sub 1:50 this time 1:48.91.
In Budapest his intentions were made clear from the opening 50 metres with an opening split time of 24.93 that set the tone for the entire race. He would touch in 1:47.77 for 24th overall, the best time at the World championships for both CCCAN and CARIFTA region swimmers. It is also the best ranking at the Championship for the CCCAN region since 2011.
A very aggressive approach led to the new national record as seen through the analysis of his races below
CISC July 2016
Mesa April 2017
WC July 2017
CCCAN rankings for the 200 metre freestyle in Budapest
Michael Gunning competed in the grueling 200 metre butterfly event for Jamaica on the third day (Tuesday July 25) of the 2017 FINA World Championships in Budapest Hungary today. He completed the event in a time of 2:01.83 to place 35th overall.
This is the first time Jamaica has had a competitor in the event since Olympian Allan-Roy Marsh (1984) competed in the race at the 1982 Guayaquil Ecuador Championships. Michael’s time places him as the number one swimmer from the CARIFTA region and the second fastest from the CCCAN region.
He gave draftingthecaribbean his impressions of his race earlier today
“I felt amazing to 150M but something wasn’t there in the last length and I wasn’t as strong enough to push through. I might have gone out a little too fast in the moment. But I’m glad I’ll be racing that event again at the WUG (World University Games August 19-30) so hopefully I can put it right again”. Gunning holds the Jamaican standard which stands at 1:59.83 set the British Swimming Championships held April of this year.