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Eight swim medals on Day 1

SHERRYLYN TOPPIN, [email protected]

Eight swim medals on Day 1

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TWO GOLD, THREE SILVER, three bronze and two records tell the story for the Barbados team on the first day of the 2017 CARIFTA Swimming Championships at the Betty Kelly Kenning Aquatic Centre in The Bahamas.

Hannah Gill won Barbados’ first gold medal in the 15 to 17 girls’ 800 metres, touching the wall in 9 minutes 19.31 seconds. hannah-gill

Nkosi Dunwoody won the second gold medal in the 13 to 14 boys’ 200 metres breaststroke in a time of 2 minutes 32. 40 seconds.

Jack Kirby was in a record-breaking mood all day as he picked up silver in the 15 to 17 boys’ 50M backstroke. Kirby signalled his intentions from the heats where he clocked 27.19 seconds to set a new national age group record in the morning session.

Not contented with that, he returned in the evening posting an even faster 27.08 seconds.

A second silver medal from Danielle Titus in the 13 to 14 girls’ 50M back, also came in a new national open record of 30.82 seconds.

The boys’ 15 to 17 400M relay team of Kirby, Kobi Talma, Luis Sebastian Weekes and Damon St Prix also won a silver medal but the official time was not available.

Christopher Pollard  won bronze in the 11 to 12 boys’ 100M butterfly in 1:06.52; Weekes finished third in the 15 to 17 boys’ breaststroke over 200 metres (official time not available) and Zachary Taylor’s 2:40.19 in the 11 to 12 boys’ 200M breaststroke was also good for bronze.

Official times were also not available for some of the others who swam yesterday.

Qualifying rounds resumed this morning with the 200m freestyle, followed by the 50 fly, 100 back, 400 Individual medley and 400 medley relays. The evening session will start at 6 p.m. (SAT)