Ally wins heat again but not place in finalBradley Ally after his elimination from the 100 metres backstroke. (Sherrylyn A. Toppin)
By SHERRYLYN A. TOPPIN in London | Sun, July 29, 2012 - 8:03 AM
LONDON - For the second time in as many days, Bradley Ally won his heat at the London 2012 Olympic Games, but did not advance to tonight’s final.
Competing in the men’s 100 metres backstroke at the Aquatics Centre, Ally completed the two-lap swim in 56.27 seconds, off his qualifying time of 55.88 seconds.
Trinidadian George Bovell also won his heat in 55.22 seconds, lowering his own national record from 55.65 seconds as he looks ahead to the 50 metres freestyle.
World leader Matthew Grevers of the United States had the fastest qualifying time of 52.92 seconds, the only swimmer to go sub-53.
Jamaica’s Alia Atkinson was the lone Caribbean swimmer advancing to the semi-finals. Placing tenth overall in the women’s 100 metres breaststroke, Atkinson clocked 1:07.39 to win the third heat.
She will have to go faster to reach the top eight, with Ruta Meilutyte of Lithuania leading all qualifiers with 1:05.56.
St Lucia’s Danielle Beaubrun was 36th out of 46 competitors in 1:11.12.
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