Pan Am glory is the best yet

The Cayman Islands is still celebrating the magnificent one-two gold and silver medals won by the Fraser brothers Brett and Shaune at the Pan American Games in Mexico on Tuesday. 

Brett, the younger brother, aged 22, shattered the 200 metres freestyle record in Guadalajaha to win in 1 minute 47.18 seconds, ahead of Shaune who was the favourite out of the two in this event. Shaune, 23, took bronze in the 100m freestyle on Sunday when Brett was fifth.  

Cayman Islands Olympic Committee president Donald McLean said: “This is absolutely fantastic. Apart from the fact that Brett shattered the old record of 16 years by one and a half seconds, to get silver as well was phenomenal. They just continue to improve. What was also significant was that Brett beat Shaune for the first time in a major meet in a personal best time. 

“Both keep getting better and we’re all ecstatic. I also got to present their medals to them which was really touching. The Cayman Islands has been coming to these Games since 1979 and this is the first gold we have ever won and also the first time we’ve won more than one medal.  

“Although the Olympics next year is a whole different level, with the top Americans like Michael Phelps there and the best South Africans and Australians, this augurs well for them to get at least to the finals.  

Brett said: “It feels spectacular. I still can’t believe what happened. My brother and I are very happy because we shared the podium. He’s always been an example to follow. This is a great moment for my country.  

“Coming to Mexico early to train at high altitude really paid off and we’re really thankful to the Olympic Committee for helping us go to training camp. The Olympics will be a lot of hard work and dedication. We’re expecting great things next year.” 

Shaune, who won silver at the Pan Am Games four years ago, said: “This is my second Pan American medal here. My brother and I talked about making the one-two, no matter in what order. In the pool, it is a competition between us both. Outside the pool we get along great. In the 100m I got the better of him even though he’s better at it than me and in the 200m he got the better of me, so we flip-flopped.” 

Frasers Cayman Pan Am Games

Brett Fraser, right, is embraced by brother Shaune after their epic swim. – PHOTOS: AP