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Neckles takes gold in new record

EZRA STUART, ezrastuart@nationnews.com

Added 13 August 2019


Nicky Neckles (centre) basking in the glory of his gold medal performance with silver medallist Maurizio Tersar (left) of Italy and bronze medallist Rostislav Vitek of the Czech Republic. (GP)

Three-time Olympian Nicky Neckles is still ruling the swimming pool. The Flying Fish Barbados Masters swimmer swam to another record-breaking feat en route to winning the gold medal at the 18th FINA World Masters Swimming Championships in South Korea on Monday.

Competing in 200 metres backstroke for the 40-44 age group, Neckles hit the board in 2:08.06 minutes to obliterate the old mark of 2:11.13 minutes, which was established by Spain’s Frederik Hviid in August 2014.

Italy’s Maurizio Tersar secured the silver medal in 2:13.17 minutes while Czech Rostislav Vitek took the bronze in 2:19.37.

Last month, the 40-year-old Neckles, who is regarded as Barbados’ most decorated swimmer, made a triumphant return to competitive swimming after a seven-year retirement break. (EZS)

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