BEIJING (CIOC) – Shaune Fraser set another Cayman national record in his third and final event of the Beijing Olympics Thursday when he launched into the 100 metre butterfly and never looked back.
The distinctive blue of the Cayman flag on his swim cap rose and fell as Fraser galloped down the length of the pool in a fury.
He was in the thick of the pack at the turn, and on the second 50 metres Fraser continued to pour on the speed until he pulled away to hit the wall first in his individual heat ahead of his fellow competitors.
When the race official shouted “Cayman” the contingent of friends and family screamed and waved the Cayman flag as Fraser turned to the board to see his results.
Finishing the race in 54.08 seconds, Fraser won his individual heat and once again broke Cayman’s national record, which he had only recently set himself.
His overall ranking was 51 of 65 swimmers, still not enough to get into the top 16 spots for the semi-finals in his third event in the Games. Taking the top five spots in the event was Milorad Cavic of Serbia who set a new Olympic record at 50.76, followed by Michael Phelps of USA, Andril Serdinov of Ukraine, Jason Dunford of Kenya and Peter Mankoc of Slovenia.
In the minutes following the heat, Fraser says he was happy about his performance in this event because the butterfly is a fairly new event for him.
“I have not had a day off in almost a year,” says Fraser. “So I am relieved things are over with so I am going to rest and relax for a few days, because I don’t have to worry about any commitments for practice.”
While Fraser did not make it into the semi-finals in either of his three events 100 and 200 metre freestyle and the 100 metre butterfly, he still shaved off time to set new national records across the board says Cayman swimming coach Dominic Ross.
“I thought it was a good swim,” says Ross. “He maybe missed the finish a little bit so his time could have been a little better. But this is an event that he is just getting started with.”
Even as Fraser is thinking about getting out to see the sights in Beijing for a few days, his mind is never far from the next competition. The competitive drive that propells an athlete to the Olympics is just too strong. With the second Olympic showing now under his belt, he is already thinking about the next Olympic Games.
“I will be older, stronger and have a better training background behind me. So I think things will be a lot different the next time around,” says Fraser.