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Record breakers

Lani Cabrera

The Barbados national swim team of Lani Cabrera, Zabrina Holder, Christian Selby and Sariyah Sherry has to date broken nine national open and age group records at the 11th World Swimming Championships in Istanbul.

On the second day of the championships Team Barbados broke three national age group records and one national open record.

In the 50m butterfly Zabrina Holder broke her own age 15-17 record of 29.06, stopping the clock at 29.01 seconds. Christian Selby racing in the 50m freestyle established a new record with a time of 24.32 seconds, breaking the previous record of 24.45 seconds established by Martyn Forde in 2000. In the 800m free style for women Lani Cabrera established national open and 18-and-over records, stopping the clock at 8:57:56 and smashing the previous open record of 9:13:96 established by Hannah Gill in a time trial at the Aquatic Centre only last month.

Lani Cabrera was again in record-breaking form on day 3, breaking the 400m short course record for women in a time of 40:27:77 established in 2010. Cabrera’s time also broke the previous 18 and over age group record of 4:53:09 established by Yvette Hyndman back in 1991.

Day four was awesome for Team Barbados with three swims producing three national age group records. Selby started the record hunt in the 100m freestyle, breaking his own previous record of 52.68 seconds. He was followed by Zabrina Holder in the 100m fly setting a new mark of 1:03:38, breaking Leah Martindale’s previous record of 1:03:87 achieved some 13 years ago in 1999.

Sariyah Sherry then produced a fantastic swim in the 50m free placing second in the heat with a record breaking time of 27.25 seconds, erasing the previous 13-14 age group record of 27.50 established by her team mate Zabrina Holder in 2011.

Coach Abdul Sharif and manager Tony Selby expressed their pleasure at the team’s performance and said they looked forward to more good performances.

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