Bahamian’s teenage swimming sensation, Lamar Taylor, swam yesterday at the 19th FINA World Swimming Championships at Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, 100 meters (m) freestyle himself. Lowered the national record of.
Taylor was in action when he swam out of Lane 2 in Heat 6 of the event. The 19-year-old touched the wall in 50.36 seconds. This is a new national record and finished third in his heat. He reduced his previous personal best time of 50.52 seconds at the Bahamas Swimming Federation’s National Swimming Championships in June 2021 by 0.16 seconds. Taylor finished in 47th place out of 88 swimmers.
“I’m ecstatic to lower my national record,” Taylor said. “When I step into my race, I know I have to work hard to get out of the pack, lead the race, and keep my form together to finish the race. My start and break was smooth and quick. “
Taylor recorded 23.50 seconds in the first 50m and returned home in 26.86 seconds in the last 50m.
Winning that fever was a familiar competitor to the CARIFTA tournament Taylor, Jordan Crooks of the Cayman Islands. He touched the wall in 48.79 seconds. It was the best personal for him. Bulgaria’s Deniel Nankov finished second in the heat with a time of 50.30 seconds.
Next to Taylor is tomorrow’s 50m freestyle, his last race. His personal best time is 22.85 seconds and he seems to lower that mark.
Taylor is one of the four Bahamans competing in Budapest. Lily Higgs, Zylie Elizabeth Thompson and Yzak Bastian are also competing.
The quartet swam in the 4x100m mixed medley relay yesterday and finished 22nd overall with a time of 4: 15.19. There were 28 countries that participated in the race. The Bahamas swam out of Lane 9 in Heat 3. The winner of the heat was the Dutch who recorded 3: 43.48.
Taylor swam the first backstroke, a split of 27.93 seconds and 30.65 seconds. Bastian was in the pool for a breaststroke and was swimming in a split of 29.42 seconds and 35.30 seconds. Thompson swam the butterfly’s leg and posted a split of 33.03 seconds and 37.71 seconds. The freestyle leg anchor team Bahamas was the Higgs who swam in the 29.34 and 31.81 second splits.
Bastian closed the competition by swimming in the 100-meter and 50-meter chest races on Friday and Sunday, respectively.
With a 100m chest on Friday, Bastian swam out of Heat 5 and touched the wall at 1: 03.79. He finished in 42nd place out of 60 swimmers. His split was 29.61 seconds and 34.18 seconds. In his heat, there were four semi-final qualifying sessions. Italy’s Nicolo Martinengi won the heat in 59.06 seconds.
Bastian, 21, recorded 28.47 seconds and finished 32nd out of 57 swimmers with a 50-meter chest. He was in lane 1 with a tough heat number 6. In the heat, there were five swimmers who made it to the semi-finals. The heat was won by American Michael Andrew in 28.71 seconds.
Thompson made a splash in the pool on Friday at a 200-meter private medley (IM). She posted a time of 2:30:15 and finished in 30th place out of 38 swimmers. Thompson swam out of Lane 2 in her first heat and she recorded a split of 32.04, 38.09, 44.97 and 35.05 seconds. She won the heat with Latvian Leva Maluka, who set a time of 2: 16.94.
The 18-year-old returns to the pool today for a 100-meter freestyle. This is the last individual event of the tournament.
Higgs was active in the woman’s 100-meter breast for her first individual race in the tournament. She finished with a time of 1: 13.13 and was ranked 41st out of 51 players. Her split was 34.30 seconds and 38.83 seconds. The 21-year-old started swimming from Lane 9 in Heat 3. It was South Korea’s Sua Moon who swam 1: 08.50 to win the heat.
The Higgs return to the pool Thursday morning due to the heat of the chest at 50 meters.
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