Trinidad and Tobago swimmer Dylan Carter will compete for gold at around 6 p.m. (6 a.m. T&T time) today in the Men’s 50-metre freestyle at the Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China.
At the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium yesterday, the World Junior silver medalist secured a final spot in swimming’s blue riband event when he won semi-final one in a personal record (PR) of 22.49 seconds.
Carter had the quickest reaction time off the blocks in 0.59 seconds but his hands became separated in his streamline underwater and the 18-year old University of Southern California sophomore broke roughly to the surface. Carter’s class shone through, though, as he was still able to be the first to the 15-metre mark and drew away from the rest of the field to touch the time pad first.
In the second semi-final, home crowd favourite Hexin Lu posted a new junior world-record time of 22.01, finishing ahead of Brazilian Matheus de Santana (22.48). This resulted in Carter drawing lane three in the final as the third fastest seed.
Earlier yesterday morning, in the preliminaries, Carter won heat six (of seven) in 22.65, which bettered his previous mark of 23.01 from last year’s FINA World Junior Championships in Dubai. He was also ranked second out of the heats behind heat seven winner de Santana (22.55) while Lu won heat four in 22.79. Carter’s teammate David Mc Leod missed out on a semi-final spot in the Men’s 50m backstroke (26.78) by .05 (five hundredths of a second), placing 17th.
Elsewhere, the women’s beach volleyball team of Chelsi Ward and Malika Davidson earned their first points of the campaign when they defeated Congo 2-0 (21-19, 21-9), at the Youth Olympic Sport Park.
Ward and Davidson overcame a slow start in the first set to run over Congo. The pair were down 16-19 but rattled off five straight points to seal the set. In the second set, the T&T team got off to a much quicker start, and were up 8-0. They played a serve and defend game to see out the set and earn the victory. After a rest day today, the T&T pair play the winless China tomorrow, then Bolivia on Friday.
At the Jinniu Lake yesterday, young sailor Abigail Affoo and the rest of youth sailors were left stranded as low winds prevented any races from being staged at the course. Conditions permitting, racing resumes today. And in athletics, Jeminise Parris tackles the women’s 100-metre hurdles while Kashief King runs in the men’s 400 metres.