Shaune Fraser should gain much attention for the Cayman islands next summer.
The George Town native claimed a spot in the 2012 London Olympics with his recent performance in China. Fraser is headed to London after reaching the semi-finals of the 200m freestyle event at the World Championships in Shanghai.
Brother Brett also made the trip and competed in the 100m Freestyle and 200m Backstroke events. Supporting the brothers was physiotherapist Bethany Cook and coach Martyn Wilby from the University of Florida.
Arguably Fraser’s biggest obstacles to an Olympic medal are American superstars Ryan Lochte and Micheal Phelps. Both claimed 12 medals, nine of which were gold, at the meet.
Lochte, 26, also posted a world record (1:54.00 200IM) and is the first swimmer to crack a long-course world record in a textile suit after the ban on performance-enhancing cover-ups. He states it was a tiring competition.
“I’m glad this meet is over, it’s been a long eight days,” Lochte said. “Getting five gold medals is definitely great but the times that I have gone, I know I can go faster. There are a lot of places in my races that I messed up on. I have a year to make sure I have those perfect swims.
“I don’t really think I’m the top dog. No matter what the outcome of the end of the year championship meet, right afterwards I knock myself down to the bottom of the totem pole. I have a whole year to work hard, train hard to get back up there to the top.
“I’m kind of upset because I wanted to go faster. I was just kind of hoping I would (be on the team) just because of the way I’ve been (swimming) this meet.”
Thanks to Lochte the US walked away with top billing, brandishing 29 medals (16 of which are gold). For superstar Phelps, the championships were merely a tune-up for London.
“This is 2011, it’s not 2012 and it’s not the Olympic Games,” Phelps said. “I’ve been able to gather more motivation here than I already had.”