Sobers fails to make qualifying Olympic time
ALEX SOBERS hasn’t punched that ticket to Rio just yet. The Olympics are still a ways off for the talented teen after the Alpha swimmer disappointingly finished way off the “B” qualifying time in the 400 freestyle during Friday night’s session of the National Long Course Championships at the Aquatic Centre.
Needing to go almost two seconds faster than his personal best of four minutes, 00.25 seconds, Sobers never got the necessary challenge from the rest of the field, clocking a time of 4:05.97 that was nearly 16 seconds better than his closest competitor.
The time predictably qualified him for both CARIFTA and the Caribbean Islands Swimming Championships (CISC) but was a distance off the Rio “B” qualifying mark of 3:58.51.
That event overall produced a number of CARIFTA and CISC qualifiers, including teen prodigy Danielle Titus, who finished first in the 13-14 girls category by posting 4:44.52.
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