Jack Kirby advanced to the final of the 100 metres backstroke. (Picture by Kenmore Bynoe.)
Jack Kirby splashed Barbados into their first contention for a swimming medal with a third place finish in Thursday’s Heat 3 of the men’s 100 backstroke at the Pan American Games.
On Thursday night, Kirby was appearing in Barbados’ first A final after a dismal showing by the swimmers over the last two days. The “Bajan Barracuda” Kirby touched the wall in 56.08 seconds in the event which was won by Dylan Carter, of Trinidad and Tobago (54.95), with Canada’s Carlos Acevedo (55.51) finishing second.
On Thursday morning, the swimmers continued their weak showing which was a follow on from their ‘B’ finals let down on Wednesday night. One impressive blip from Wednesday night was Olympian Alex Sobers winning his second ‘B’ final, taking the 200 freestyle by flashing home in 1:50.87 which was 1.23 faster than Jamaican James Gunning.
Both Kirby and local wonder girl Danielle Titus finished last in their 200 ‘B’ finals backstroke on Wednesday night. Titus scored a time of 2:27.44 in the race won by Celina Marquez, of El Salvador, (2: 14.76). Kirby (2: 07.66) could not keep tune with Mexico’s Andy Song who took that B finals in a faster 4.71. (KB)
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