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Bajans haul in 11 more


JUSTIN MARVILLE

Bajans haul in 11 more

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THE MEDAL RUSH is on.

Barbados appear well on course for that 40-medal target, having picked up 11 more pieces of silverware up to Press time last night to take their tally to 20 at the ongoing 30th CARIFTA Swimming Championships at the Aquatic Centre, Wildey.

Led by an utterly dominant showing in the 200- metre freestyle series, the hosts made an explosive start to the evening session by medalling in six of the first seven races inclusive of two opening golds.

It was Danielle Titus, who got the show under way this time, winning the first of her two individual golds on the night by taking the girls’ 11-12 200-metre freestyle with a clocking of two minutes 18.63 seconds before Nkosi Dunwoody (2:11.47) followed suit in the boys’ 11-12 equivalent.

Damon St Prix (1:58.68) and Alex Sobers (1:54.40) also won gold in their respective 13-14 and 15-17 categories to sandwich Hannah Gill’s (2:09.81) silver medal effort and cap the hosts’ dominance of the event.

But like the previous night, there was a serious lull in the medal rush after the initial series, with Danielle Titus’ (30.81) bronze medal proving the lone source of success for the Bajans in the ensuing 50-metre butterfly events.

However, Barbados were quickly back at it again, establishing their authority in the pool over the 100 metres backstroke races and 400 IM events.

And no one typified this surge more so than Dunwoody, who returned to break teammate Luis Sebastian Weekes’ 400 IM record of 5:09.20 with a new mark of 5:08.18 in the 11-12 boys’ race.

So great was Dunwoody’s performance that Guadeloupe’s Lucca Bartin (5:14.99) was more than six seconds adrift in second place.

This was just moments after Titus (5:37.51) and Ashley Weekes (5:40.92) took the top two positions for the home team in the previous girls’ 11-12 event.

Weekes (4:50.92) unfortunately had to settle for silver in the boys’ 13-14 equivalent in heart-breaking fashion when Yael Touw Ngie Tjouw (4:50.85) of Suriname came from behind on the freestyle leg to barely edge the hometown hero at the wall.

Earlier, Titus secured her second win of the night by clocking 1:09.60 in the 11-12 girls’ 100 backstroke before Dunwoody (1:09.57) earned silver and Jack Kirby won a bronze in the boys’ 11-12 and 13-14 events respectively.

The 400-metre medley relays had yet to be completed up to Press time.

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