Swimmer David McLeod was 27th overall in the men’s 100 metres backstroke, but established a new personal best time on the first day of the 2014 Nanjing Youth Olympic Games in China. At the Nanjing Olympic Sports Centre Natatorium, Mc Leod was the first T&T athlete in action.
A Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships (CISC) and Carifta champion, Mc Leod placed second in heat two of five in the 100m back preliminaries in a new personal best of 58.18 seconds. His previous PR was 58.72.
From the starter’s signal, Mc Leod was always in second, splitting in 27.57 at the midway point behind eventual heat two winner, Canada’s Javier Acevedo (57.87) and maintained his position for two laps of the Olympic-sized pool.
After the race, Mc Leod said: “I am pleased with my swim because I felt strong and did a new best time. It augurs well for my pet event, the 50m back, on Tuesday (tomorrow) where I expect to be even stronger and faster and hopefully achieve a semi-final place. “
While Mc Leod takes his final splash in the pool in the 50m back today, World Junior silver medalist Dylan Carter will go in the 50m freestyle prelims. Also yesterday, at the Youth Olympic Sport Park, T&T beach volleyballers Chelsi Ward and Malika Davidson battled but went down in straight sets 2-0 (21-17, 21-10) to Germany’s Sarah Schneider and Lisa Arnholdt.
Coach Sean Morrison said Ward and Davidson traded point for point up to 15 in the first set before the Germans imposed their will while the T&T team relaxed in the second set, and conceded a big lead to the Germans from which they failed to recover.
The T&T duo will try and for their first points of Group E competition when they tackle Indonesia today from 3 a.m. (T&T time).
“Indonesia is even a better team defensively than Germany but we will try to out-hustle them to score points tomorrow (today),” Morrison, a national men’s player, said.
Morrison added that he is looking to score wins over easier Group E opponents Bolivia and Congo for T&T to advance out of Group E, a group that also includes hosts China.
“Once the girls keep focus on their game throughout we will be okay against Indonesia,” he said.
In sailing, T&T’ sole representative Abigail Affoo was due to take to the waters of Jinniu Lake for the Women’s one person dinghy last night. T&T’s track and field athletes will get their campaign underway on Wednesday, with Jeminise Parris going in the women’s 100m hurdles.