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Barbadian swimmer qualifies for Rio Olympics


Top Barbadian swimmer Alex Sobers earned his ticket to the 2016 Rio Olympics with a spectacular finish in the 400m freestyle last evening as the curtain came down on the XXI Caribbean Island Swimming Championships held in the Bahamas.



Sobers finished the event well ahead of the field in a time of 3:57:30, topping the qualifying mark 3:58:41.

His performance also broke the CISC meet record in the 400m.



Alex Sobers

Overall Team Barbados had a successful splash in the pool at the regional event, finishing fifth with 508 points.

The boys placed third overall with 296 points and the girls placed fifth with 188 points in the championship where 500 athletes representing 17 countries competed.

The team returns home later tonight with 11 gold, nine silver and 14 Bronze medals and new records.

McCallum Clarke copped two new individual records, which included setting a new CISC meet record in the 200m breaststroke. His time of 2:36.83 surpassed the 16-year-old record of 2:40.87.

Nkosi Dundwoody also achieved a personal best and set a new Barbados record in the boys 13-14 50m-breaststroke, with a time of 31.99.

The 11-12 boys 4x100m medley relay team which included Tristan Pragnell, McCallum Clarke, Christopher Pollard and Zachary Taylor also delivered a new Barbados record.

At the CISC event, Bahamas placed first overall (1060 points) with Puerto Rico (874 points) taking the second spot and Trinidad and Tobago (770.5 points) capturing 3rd place.


7 Responses to Barbadian swimmer qualifies for Rio Olympics

  1. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond July 3, 2016 at 5:41 pm

    Congrats …

  2. Venice Daisley
    Venice Daisley July 3, 2016 at 5:48 pm


  3. Maria July 3, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Well done. Congrats

  4. Tony Applewhaite
    Tony Applewhaite July 4, 2016 at 1:25 am

    great jpb

  5. Randolph Sobers
    Randolph Sobers July 4, 2016 at 7:17 am


  6. Rickie Brown
    Rickie Brown July 4, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    well done pray your health stays good in such bad conditions in Rio!

  7. Ngoma Bishop July 5, 2016 at 5:41 am

    Very well done. Will be watching for you and will be equally proud however it goes.


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