Kirby and Weekes bow out
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.
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.”
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.”