Young swimmers clock PBs at world short course


20-December-2012

Swimming in the 25m pool at the Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul, Turkey, Passon improved two PBs in the 100m backstroke with 1 minute 15.64 seconds (1:15.64 to finish 65th out of 67) and 100m freestyle (1:05.23 to finish 85th out of 100). She clocked the old best times of 1:26.72 and 1:10.12 in the regional international swimming competition held in June in Reunion.

Passon’s times in the 50m freestyle (29.84 seconds to finish 85th out of 108), 200m freestyle (2:21.96 to finish 71st out of 76), 50m butterfly (31.49 to finish 64th out of 79) and 100m butterfly (1:10.79 to finish 54th out of 58) went down as new PBs as she had not swam the events before in a 25m pool.

Felicity Passon

Fanchette lowered three PBs in five races. She registered her best times in the 50m freestyle (28.45 seconds to finish 72nd out of 108), 100m freestyle (1:02.19 to finish 79th out of 100) and 200m freestyle (2:19.13 to finish 69th out of 76).

Her old best times stood at 28.99 seconds (50m freestyle), 1:05.13 (100m freestyle) and 2:23.21 (200m freestyle) since the 23rd Meeting international de natation de l'Océan Indien in Reunion in December last year.

Aurelie Fanchette

Fanchette, who represented Seychelles at the Olympic Games in London this year, also registered times of 39.22 seconds in the 50m breaststroke (to finish 56th out of 61) and 1:13.23 in the 100m individual medley (to finish 58th out of 64) which went down as new PBs for the events raced in the smaller 25m pool.

Viktora improved his PBs in all five events he raced, clocking 24.57 seconds in the 50m freestyle (to finish 97th out of 155), 54.61 seconds in the 100m freestyle (to finish 106th out of 147), 1:58.46 in the 200m freestyle (to finish 70th out of 88), 4:15.31 in the 400m freestyle (to finish 54th out of 62) and 27.32 seconds in the 50m butterfly (to finish 90th out of 117).

Adam Viktora

The 16-year-old clocked the old best times of 25.42 seconds (50m freestyle), 56.35 seconds (100m freestyle), 2:03.60 (200m freestyle), 4:30.37 (400m freestyle) and 28.31 seconds (50m butterfly) during the 23rd Meeting international de natation de l'Océan Indien in Reunion in December last year.

Pierre-André Adam was Seychelles’ other swimmer at the championship and he did not improve his PBs with times of 25.64 seconds in the 50m freestyle (to finish 111th out of 155), 31.31 seconds in the 50m breaststroke (to finish 76th out of 101) and 1:10.33 in the 100m breaststroke (to finish 82nd out of 95).

Accompanied by coach Annette Adeline Monthy, the four swimmers returned Tuesday morning after taking part in the championship from December 12-16.

American Ryan Lochte was the top swimmer at the competition in Istanbul with eight medals among those six of the gold hue. A five-time Olympic champion and heir to the retired Michael Phelps – the greatest Olympian of all time – Lochte is the only swimmer in history to win eight medals at the same world short course championships.

He was also the only swimmer to set world records in Istanbul – in the semifinals of the 100m medley (50.71 seconds) and final of the 200m medley (1:49.63 seconds).
 
Lochte’s career total stands at 30 medals of which 20 are gold and he gave out most of his medals won in Turkey to young Turkish fans who only wanted to have his autograph.

“I remember when as a kid I looked up to an Olympian superstar,” Lochte said. “I won’t mention his name [but] I asked for an autograph and he said ‘no’. I told my parents that if I ever get in the same position, I’ll do it.”

The 28-year-old New Yorker said he likes swimming different events.
“I swim in a bunch of races but that's what I train for. I like change and that's why I want to do everything. For me, this is fun in the sport of swimming. I train for everything. I push my body to limits other athletes are afraid of. That's why I am able to swim two races in 30 minutes,” said Lochte.

Fueled by Lochte’s great performances, the United States ended the five-day championships with 27 medals, 11 of which were gold, ahead of China with 11 medals including three gold. Hungary was third on the table with a 10-medal tally of which three were gold.
Australia finished with nine medals for the championships, comprising one gold, five silver and three bronze.

G. G.

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