Bajan swimmer last in his heat
David Taylor finished at the back of the 21-man field in the 100-metre breaststroke yesterday at the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Drawn in heat one of the SB8 class, Taylor clocked 2 minutes 30.17 seconds in his heat after a split of 1:02.99 on the first lap.
Andriy Kalyna of Ukraine, who led the qualifiers for the final, won the gold in 1:07.45, taking almost a full second off his qualifying time. He had a world record split of 31.79 seconds in the heats and was even faster with 31.57 in the final.
Australian Matthew Cowdrey set his second Oceanic record to take the silver medal in 1:09.88 after posting 1:11.53 in the heats. One of the country’s most decorated Paralympic swimmers, he now has 18 Paralympic medals, including nine gold.
Maurice Deelen of The Netherlands, who qualified second overall, took the bronze in 1:11.09.
Taylor’s next race will be the 50M free. (SAT)