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Gibbs snaps backstroke record


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AMARA GIBBS continued her record-breaking feats when she eclipsed her own record in the 100-metre backstroke on Saturday, the penultimate day of the Scotia Bank Long Course National Swimming Championships, at the Aquatic Centre, Wildey.
Gibbs posted a new time of 1 minute, 08.27 seconds to set a new Girls’ 13-14 mark, down from the previous 1:09.52.  
The championships’ fifth day featured other gold-medal performances by Deandre Small, Christian Selby, Russell Oliver, Raymond Edwards, Lee-Ann Rose, Zabrina Holder and Joshua Runako Daniel and Siona Huxley of St Lucia.
Small won the Girls’ 200m breaststroke in a close race which saw the much improved Kimberley Willoughby serving a strong challenge.
 Small’s final time was 2:55.83 to Willoughby’s 2:56.07.
Small also placed third in the 100m backstroke, and fourth in the 50m butterfly to complete a fine day in the water.
Oliver won the 100m backstroke event for the 15-17 Boys, but conceded to Daniel in the 200m individual medley (IM) and the 50m butterfly.
National team member Holder was first in the 200m IM, as well as the 50m butterfly.
Rose got the better of Siona Huxley in the 100m backstroke, touching the wall in 1:07.39 for the gold, to Huxley’s 1:12.90 for the silver medal.
Selby showed he remains the best in his age-group, again swimming unbeaten. He won the 200m breaststroke, 100m backstroke, 200m IM, and the 50m butterfly.  
Danielle Titus won both the 200m IM and 50m backstroke events in the Girls’ 8-and-under division, with Nkosi Dunwoody winning the corresponding events for the boys.
 In Girls’ 9-10 action, Kendi Bynoe, after winning the 200m IM, had to settle for third place in the 50m backstroke behind Chade Nersicio and Destiny Harding.  
Another persistent winner was Damon St Prix, who continued to out-touch and outwit Jack Kirby at the wall to win gold in the 200m IM and the 50m backstroke.
Kai Proverbs snatched the gold from Ahlea Williams in the 200m breaststroke in the 11-12 division.  
Sariyah Sherry took the gold in the 11-12 100m backstroke and achieved a similar feat in the 50m butterfly.
The fortunes of the 11-12 boys were more evenly distributed.  Kent Mullin won gold in the 200m breaststroke, Brandon Thompson in the 100m backstroke, while Alex Sobers was the winner in the 50m butterfly. (PR/BA)


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