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Simmons shines in pool


Anmar Goodridge-Boyce

Simmons shines in pool

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Fast-rising sensation Jaiya Simmons captured Barbados’ first gold medal at the Central American and Caribbean Amateur Swimming Confederation (CCCAN) Championships on Sunday night with a dominant performance to win the girls’ 11-12 200 metres individual medley.

The Harrison College and Pirates Swim Club prodigy touched the wall in 2 minutes 32.53 seconds to taste victory in the first event of the evening session on the second day of the championships at the Barbados Aquatic Centre in Wildey, St Michael.

Simmons, who won 11 gold medals and established six new records at CARIFTA Championships in April, was once again in fine form. She delivered the goods in front of a buoyant home crowd as Barbados pushed their medal tally to nine.

Venezuela’s Ana Verde took silver in 2:32.91 ahead of Mexico’s Michelle Gomez in 2:34.62 minutes. (AGB)

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