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.
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.