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OLYMPICS – Disappointing day for Caribbean swimmers

There was disappointment for the Caribbean on the opening day of swimming competition at the 2016 Olympic Games here Saturday, as none of the five swimmers in the opening session advanced to the next phase of competition.

Oreoluwa Cherebin of Grenada escaped disqualification after her goggles snapped on the starting blocks and swam heat one of the women’s 100 metres butterfly ‘blindly’ to finish second in one minute, 10.40 seconds.

Yusra Mardini of the Refugee Olympic Team (ROT) won the opening preliminary in 1:09.21.

“I was ready to go and while on the starting blocks the strap snapped and [there was] no time for me to get a replacement,” said Cherebin. “I was lucky to swim and even without the goggles gave it my best effort.”

Geoffrey Butler of the Cayman Islands and Alex Sobers of Barbados also failed to advance in the men’s 400m freestyle which was won by American Conor Dwyer (3:43.42).

Alex Sobers has no plans on abandoning swimming.

Alex Sobers

Butler won heat one in 4:07.87 while Sobers was fourth in heat two in 3:59.97.

Corey Ollivierre of Grenada and Dustin Tynes of the Bahamas were no match for the experienced swimmers in the men’s 100m breaststroke which saw Briton Peaty Adam setting a new world record of 57.55 seconds.

Ollivierre was sixth in heat one in 1:08.68 while Tynes finished in the last spot in heat two in 1:03.71.

The attention will turn to the experienced Caribbean swimmers on Sunday including Jamaican Alia Atkinson in the women’s 100m breaststroke and teammate Timothy Wynter in the men’s 100m backstroke.

Also in competition on Sunday will be Evans Joanna of the Bahamas and Lani Cabrera of Barbados in the women’s 400m freestyle, and Mikel Schreuders of Aruba and Noah Mascoll-Gomes of Antigua and Barbuda in the men’s 200m freestyle.

In the women’s 100m backstroke, Lara Butler of the Cayman Islands and Caylee Watson of the United States Virgin Islands will taste action.


Source: CMC

12 Responses to OLYMPICS – Disappointing day for Caribbean swimmers

  1. Christine Carol-ann Ceecee Waithe
    Christine Carol-ann Ceecee Waithe August 6, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    Y it’s a disappointing???
    Because he ain’t won a medal

    • Coralita August 6, 2016 at 11:30 pm

      These people don’t seem to realise that our athletes are doing their best and we have to take into account their personal best times.

  2. Ashanda Coward
    Ashanda Coward August 7, 2016 at 4:40 am

    Alright then, at least they tried, its not disappointing stpzzz.

  3. Antonio A Antonio
    Antonio A Antonio August 7, 2016 at 6:46 am

    we just rake up people and send them to the olympics against well prepared persons over and over again

  4. Karon Desrivieres
    Karon Desrivieres August 7, 2016 at 7:51 am

    Congratulations guys, for making it this far, still supporting you all. #246

  5. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes August 7, 2016 at 8:36 am

    Hmm how many countries and people took part in the event? Now how many medals? Three, only three. There is something to be said for the effort that it takes to get there. How many tried and did not make it?

  6. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes August 7, 2016 at 8:37 am

    Oh yeah, the writers need to chose better words for their piece. Ughh

  7. BARBARA BARKER August 7, 2016 at 10:58 am

    The fact that these Caribbean swimmers made it ALL THE WAY TO THE OLYMPICS is a WIN in itself! Instead of being disappointed in them, they should be told “well done” for their efforts of making it to RIO 2016!

  8. Ashley McCarthy
    Ashley McCarthy August 7, 2016 at 11:02 am

    Ikr! These headlines are so negative
    This is like the 3rd I saw like this…it’s a great achievement and there are much better ways to phrase that
    Congrats on making it so far!! We’re proud of you guys 🙂

  9. Ras Small
    Ras Small August 7, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Not disappointed in athletes, more so in their preparations, coaching, $$$ & governmental support.
    0 enough.

  10. Dreana Watkins August 7, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    It takes a lot of extensive training to go up against these power houses …. But you guys are amazing don’t give up … !!

  11. Rosalind Eastmond
    Rosalind Eastmond August 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm

    Keep Swimming …
    We Love You’ll …Great Experiences .


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