Weekes sets new record
Two days in and Barbados are making a big splash at the CARIFTA Swimming Championships in Jamaica.
Luis Sebastian Weekes set a new record in the 400 metre individual medley as one of four gold medal performances on Sunday to lead Barbados’ charge.
It was his second individual gold of the meet and his third overall after Day 2, taking Barbados’ haul up to seven gold and 17 medals (seven gold, four silver, six bronze) in total.
Competing in the 11-12 boys’ category, Weekes posted a winning time of five minutes, 9.20 seconds to eclipse Aruban Jordy Groters’ previous meet record of 5:11.79 and shatter the old Barbados mark held by Christian Selby (5:14.06).
This was after he won gold in the 200 metre breaststroke on the opening night before leading the 400 medley relay team of Jack Kirby, Damon St Prix and Kobi Talma to victory.
St Prix had an individual gold of his own to add to the bronze he won in the 100 metre backstroke by way of a win in the 11-12 boys’ 200 freestyle (2:08.04).
It proved a very successful event for the Bajan swimmers as Hannah Gill (2:11.69) took the 11-12 girls’ equivalent while Sariyah Sherry (2:13.22) finished third in the same race.
Kendi Bynoe (2:18.59) and Alex Sobers (2:01.05) both copped bronze in the 11-12 girls’ and 13-14 boys’ races.
Multi-CARIFTA gold medallist Zabrina Holder had to settle for silver in the 15-17 girls’ 50 metre butterfly after posting 29.23 seconds while Bynoe, Shannan Smith, Mckayla Treasure and Rebecca Lashley were second best in the 11-12 girls’ 400 medley relay. (JM)