CARIFTA SWIMMING: Clarke makes huge splash

McCallum Clarke continues to make a major splash at the XXXI CARIFTA Swimming Championships being staged in Martinique.

On Day 3 of the competition last night the young sensation picked up three of the six medals copped by Team Barbados, to add to the 26 which they accumulated on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Danielle Titus was the first Barbadian to earn a medal in the 200m Individual Medley when she stopped the clock in 2:26:84 to take silver just splits behind Emma Harvey of Bermuda who took the gold in 2:26:69.

Then in the 11-12 boys 200m Individual Medley, it was all Clarke as he touched the wall in 2:27:67, a full three seconds ahead of silver medallist Mitch Bourgeois of Guadeloupe.

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McCallum Clarke copped three medals last night.

Just moments later Clarke would once again take his position on the blocks, this time for the 11-12 50m breaststroke and in his usual form he secured the gold medal in 33:45 while silver would go to Alex Joachim of St. Vincent and the Grenadines (35:49). McCallum’s time equalled the 11-12 Barbados national record currently held by Nkosi Dunwoody.

Alex Sobers would bring home the fourth medal and third gold of the night when he touched the wall in 52:25 in the 15-17 100m freestyle.

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Alex Sobers

The final individual medal of the night for Team Barbados was earned yet again by Clarke, this time in the 200m Butterfly when he took bronze in a time of 2:31:76 behind teammates Mitch Bourgeois and Tom Lerno of Guadeloupe (2:29:31) and (2:30:62).

It was then just the 4 x 200m freestyle relays left on the programme and the 13-14 girls team headed by Titus and including Ashley Weekes, Destiny Harding and Zoe Taylor would earn a bronze to bring the total for the night to six medals. (SC)

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