Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Carter falls short in 50m fly final

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Dylan Carter is still searching for his first World Long Course medal after he failed to get on the podium in the 50 metres butterfly final at the World Aquatics Championships in Doha, Qatar, yesterday.

While Carter has three medals at the World Short Course events in the 50m butterfly — one silver at the 2021 Abu Dhabi edition and two bronze from the 2018 Hangzhou and 2022 Melbourne-hosted events – he is yet to win a World medal in long course.

Carter entered the final yesterday as the second fastest qualifier from the semi-final heats, having clocked 23.15 seconds, behind USA Olympic medallist Michael Andrew (22,94). However, yesterday, he was two-hundredths of a second slower (23.17), which was only good enough for fifth place.

The race was won by World junior record-holder Diogo Ribeiro of Portugal, the 19 year-old being the only swimmer in the championship event to dip under 23 seconds. Ribeiro touched the wall in 22.97 seconds to finish ahead of Andrew (23.07) and Australian Cameron McEvoy who took the bronze medal in 23.08.

Fourth was another Aussie swimmer, Isaac Cooper, who finished in 23.12, followed by Carter.

Yesterday’s placing would have been a disappointment for the 2023 five-time Central American and Caribbean Games medallist, Carter, who was considered a favourite for a medal.

The current TTO swim ace, seeking to match T&T’s most heralded swimmer George Bovell’s feat of earning a long course medal, which Bovell did in getting bronze in the 50m freestyle at the then-FINA World Long Course Swimming Championships back in 2013 in Barcelona, will try again on Friday when the heats begin for the 50-free.

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