Thursday, January 18, 2018


Carter gets second medal in 50m butterfly


2ND IN 50 FLY FINAL: Dylan Carter

Mark Fraser

 Top Trinidad and Tobago junior swimmer Dylan Carter closed off his Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games campaign with his second medal  when he won silver in the men’s 50m butterfly yesterday.

Carter sped to a new personal best of 23.81 seconds in a race he led for 49 metres.

After another strong start,  Carter held a quarter body length lead over China’s  Hexin Yu,  the man who won the men’s 50m free in world junior record time on Wednesday, at the 15 metre mark.

But Yu clawed back into the two-man contest with every stroke and was closing at the wall when Carter lunged for the finish.

Yu,  who had 19 minutes earlier competed in the men’s 100m free semi-final and successfully advanced to today’s final, timed his final stroke better and won in 23.69 to Carter’s 23.81.

Carter’s silver followed on his bronze from the day before in the men’s 50m free.

Meanwhile, his teammate Johnnya Ferdinand placed 30th in the women’s 50m free event in a time of 27.31.

The swimmers, including David Mc Leod have now concluded their competitive participation at the Games.

In athletics yesterday,  both Anduwelle Wright and Chelsea James finished in ninth place and will contest the B finals of their event Sunday. Wright jumped 6.92 metres, while James threw the iron ball 1515m.

In beach volleyball,  the T&T team of Chelsi Ward and Malika Davidson went under 2-0 to China (21-4, 21-14) and will have to defeat Bolivia today to advance to the round of 24.

And in sailing, T&T’s Abigail Affoo’s progress was stymied again by the lack of wind as there were no races at Jinniu Lake yesterday. Weather-permitting, Affoo will race today.