Shaune Fraser dips under 50 seconds

During swimming events at the Maria Lenk Aquatic Centre, Shaune Fraser was successful in the initial swimming events, placing sixth in the semifinals. He swam the 100-metre freestyle finals this morning, placing fifth in a field of eight swimmers with a time of 49:99 seconds. It is signficant for Dipping below the hallowed 50 second barrier is further indication of the Cayman star’s immense potential.

Shaune Fraser

Cayman’s Shaune Fraser touches the wall to finish a heat. Photo: Lennon Christian

The intense competition in that particular event resulted in the setting of a Pan Am record by Brazilian swimmer Filho Cesar (48:79 seconds). This was one of several records broken today.

Brett Fraser swam in the 200-metre backstroke, placing 12th of 15 swimmers with a time of 2:7.23. Also in this race, a games record was set by American Scott Clary, with a time of 1:58.78.

On Tuesday, Heather Roffey swam in the 100-metre butterfly qualifying heats, placing 18th. She did not make the cut of the top 16 who went on to the semifinals. However, she is scheduled to swim the 200-metre freestyle today.

Cayman’s swimmers were entered for several other events. However, because of schedule overlaps, they will not compete in all.

Other swimming records broken this morning were women’s 50-metre freestyle, Brazil’s Rebeca Gusmão (25:05); women’s 100-metre butterfly, USA’s Kathleen Hersey (59:21); men’s 100-metre butterfly, Brazil’s Kaio Almeida (52:05); and men’s 400-metre freestyle, USA’s Matt Patton (3:49.77).

Turning to the shooting events, on Monday, Cayman’s Christopher Jackson placed 23rd in the men’s trap qualification round, and will not advance to the finals of that event.

Cayman’s Pan Am delegation comprises 14 athletes, who join almost 6,000 competitors in disciplines ranging from martial arts, to beach volleyball and cycling.

The Pan Am Games are a significant prelude to the 2008 Olympics, to be held in Beijing, China. (GIS)

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