Kirby and Weekes bow out

Daily Nation (Barbados) - - Sport 2 -

Bar­ba­dos’ hope of a first Youth Olympic medal got slim­mer yes­ter­day as Jack Kirby and Luis Se­bas­tian Weekes en­coun­tered a tough day in the pool at the Buenos Aires games.

Swim­ming in Lane 8 in the Boys’ 100 me­tres freestyle, Kirby never got his tra­di­tional quick mo­men­tum go­ing and fin­ished eighth in 52.29 sec­onds. Rus­sian Jakub Kraska won the heat.

Semi-fi­nals

The United States-based Kirby missed a spot in the fi­nals of the Boys’ 100 me­tres back­stroke by a few sec­onds, after clock­ing 56.67 sec­onds in fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the sec­ond of two semi-fi­nals on Sun­day.

He had qual­i­fied for the semi-fi­nals after plac­ing 15th over­all but sixth in his heat.

In Heat 2 of the Boys’ 50-me­tre back­stroke, Kirby placed fifth in 26.48 sec­onds. The re­sult earned him the 16th and last qual­i­fy­ing spot but he failed to progress.

In the men’s 50 me­tres breast­stroke, Weekes suf­fered a sim­i­lar fate when he fin­ished eighth in 31.45 sec­onds, with China’s Ji­a­jun Sun win­ning the heat.

It was the fi­nal chance for the Bar­ba­di­ans to gain a podium fin­ish.

“To­day wasn’t a good day but I guess that is what hap­pens in sports,” coach Aisha Norville told WEEK­END SPORT. “You never know what will hap­pen. They tried their best but un­for­tu­nately they did not pro­duce the times they were look­ing for.”

Norville added that de­spite the dis­ap­point­ing re­sults, the boys weren’t do­ing much wrong in terms of ex­e­cu­tion.

“I wouldn’t say there were any wrongs to cor­rect. They did the best they could and they did what they knew they were sup­posed to do, but it is just one of those things that hap­pen in sports and races. You don’t al­ways get the re­sults that you are look­ing for.”

Dis­ap­point­ments

She added: “Go­ing for­ward, I re­as­sured them that it is not ev­ery com­pe­ti­tion that you would have your best swims. There will be dis­ap­point­ments on the way.

“I en­cour­age them to go back to the school, train hard and fo­cus on the next com­pe­ti­tion ahead. Hope­fully, next time they would do bet­ter.”

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