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Arianna finishes 10th overall in 100m free

Bahamian swimming star fails to make final of first event at worlds
  • Bahamian swimmer Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace fell short in her bid to advance to the final of the women’s 100m free at the 15th FINA World Aquatics Championships, in Barcelona, Spain. She swam a time of 54.44 seconds in the semis. FILE

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Aug 02, 2013

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Just like last year at the London Olympics, Bahamian Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace finished 10th overall in the women’s 100 meters (m) freestyle at the world’s biggest meet.

She swam a time of 54.44 seconds in the semis, down from the 54.42 she swam in the morning heats, to finish 10th overall, failing to make the final of the event at the 15th International Swimming Federation’s (FINA) World Aquatics Championships, currently ongoing in Barcelona, Spain.

Vanderpool-Wallace was third in her opening round heat, and fifth in her semi-final heat. Sarah Sjostrom, from Sweden, is the top qualifier for the final, swimming a time of 52.87 seconds in the heats. Australian Cate Campbell heads into the final with the second fastest qualifying time, of 53.09 seconds.

Vanderpool-Wallace has a personal best time of 53.73 seconds in the event. That national record time was recorded in the heats at the 2012 London Olympic Games. Her seed time in the 50m freestyle is 24.64 seconds, which was also recorded at the London Olympic Games. That heats of the 50m freestyle is set for Saturday morning in Barcelona. Vanderpool-Wallace has the 11th fastest seed time in that event. The top time is 24.05 seconds by Olympic Champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands.

Vanderpool-Wallace is one of four swimmers representing The Bahamas at the year’s championships. Other team members include Vereance Burrows, Mathew Lowe and McKayla Lightbourn. Shawn Neely is the team’s Head Coach.

Burrows is in the seventh heat of the men’s 50m freestyle event, which was swam early this morning. Burrows, who had a seed time of 22.99 seconds, swam out of lane two. The fastest seed time in that heat is 22.90 seconds, a performance turned in by Alvarez Alejandro Escudero, of Mexico.

In the women’s 100m back earlier this week, Lightbourn was eighth in her heat and 39th overall, in 1:04.97. Out of all of the swimmers, Vanderpool-Wallace is the only one to advance to a semi-final thus far. She will swim her final event, the women’s 50m free, on Saturday morning.

Also on Saturday, Lowe will swim out of lane two in heat one of the 1,500m free. He has the 43rd fastest seed time, 16:08.19.

The medal count so far has China out front with 23 total medals - 13 gold, seven silver and three bronze. The United States of America (USA) has 10 gold medals, eight silver and five bronze, also for a total of 23, and Russia is third with seven gold medals, four silver and three bronze, bringing their total to 14. Germany has nine total medals, Australia and Brazil both have eight, and the Republic of South Africa, France and Italy follow in that order in the medal standings.


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