Top Trinidad and Tobago swimmer George Bovell and Minister of Sport Anil Roberts paid glowing tribute to Dylan Carter after the young swimmer splashed to Trinidad and Tobago’s first-ever FINA World Junior Swimming Championships medal.
In his third final and sixth event, Carter’s blazing finish landed him on the podium in 23.98 seconds, and within .02 seconds of gold in the 50-metre butterfly at the Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates yesterday.
Carter previously swam in the 100m backstroke and 50m backstroke finals, where he finished fourth and eighth respectively. He also contested the 50m freestyle, although he pulled out of the 200m and 100m free races after the preliminary rounds.
“I think it’s a great performance,” said Bovell, who earlier this month bagged 50 free bronze for T&T at the senior World Championships. “I’m sure it will be encouraging for him, as he’s now seeing that he can be successful internationally. And I hope the trend continues, and that we see more great things to come from Dylan Carter, and he becomes an example for our youth that it is possible to shine on the international stage.”
Carter’s strong showing also impressed the Minister. He hailed it as a “fantastic, amazing performance”.
“Ever since he first started swimming, you can see genetic capability,” Roberts said yesterday. “He’s grown up now, his strokes, his technical ability, his mentality; now he has great coaches and is performing well. He put aside some disappointing performances (in the two previous finals) when he would have wanted to be on the podium in the 100m backstroke, but he swam an impressive time, a national record.”
Roberts described Carter’s touch as “flawless”, and was pleased with the 17-year-old’s reaction time as well.
“I looked at the race online and his touch was flawless. The difference between gold and fifth place was only .1 seconds. His reaction time of 0.64 was fantastic. To put it in context, the fastest George Bovell gets off the blocks is .68. So that was brilliant. It meant that he was mentally focused and ready to get up on the podium.”
All in all, Roberts said this season has so far been a good one for T&T sport.
“Jehue Gordon, George Bovell, the Pan American hockey boys, and now young Dylan Carter,” he stated. “Fantastic, amazing and congratulations on behalf of the Ministry, the Sports Company and all of Trinidad and Tobago.”