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Tynes and Evans among the best in the world

  • Joanna Evans (left) and Dustin Tynes participated in the 4th edition of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Junior Swimming Championships, held in Dubai. Both swimmers have set personal best times in their respective events, and are now considered among the top swimmers in the region. TNG SPORTS PHOTO

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Sep 02, 2013

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Two new national records and a number of personal best performances was how the two-member swimming team, which represented The Bahamas, closed the competition at the 4th edition of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) World Junior Swimming Championships.

Joanna Evans and Dustin Tynes were also a part of history in the region, as The Bahamas was one of the few Caribbean countries that had two swimmers qualify for such a prestigious junior meet. Evans participated in more than three events at the championships held at the Hamdan Bin Mohammed Rashid Sports Complex in Dubai.

In the 200m freestyle, Evans had a best on the day of 2:07.49 and placed 27th overall. The fastest time in the preliminary rounds was 2:00.62 turned in by Maria Baklakova who got out touched by Diletta Carli of Italy, in the final. Carli’s golden performance was clocked at 1:58.94 and Baklakova settled for silver, finishing in 1:59.51. The bronze medal went to Quinn Carrozza of the United States of America. Her time was 1:59.69.

The time of 28.65 seconds placed Evans 57th overall in the 50m free. Rozaliya Nasretdinova of Russia headed into the semifinal round with the fastest time, 25.28 seconds. Nasretdinova would post a new championship record in the semifinal, 25.02 seconds before moving on to the final where she was second to Ruta Meilutyte. The gold medal time was 25.10 seconds. Nasretdinova’s time was 25.16 seconds and Siobhan Haughey was third in 25.38 seconds.

The two new national records set by Evans were in the 400m free and the 800m free. She clocked 4:24.72 in the 400m has placed her 20th overall. The old marking locally was 4:25.46. In the 800m free, Evans stopped the clock at 8:58.64. Evans set the previous national record earlier this year that time was 8:59.49.

Turning in the 28th best time in the 50m breaststroke was Tynes. He touched the wall in 29.60 seconds. Peter Stevens turned in the best in the preliminary rounds. His time of 27.46 seconds now stands as a new championship record. In the final, Stevens posted 27.98 seconds for the win over Kohei Goto who was second in 28.09 seconds and Vsevolod Zanko was third in 28.18 seconds.

Over in the 100m breast, Tynes was 37th overall in 1:05.36. The gold medal in this event went to Ilya Khomenko who set a new championship record of 1:00.88. Zanko was second in 1:01.10 and Goto third in 1:01.39.



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