Kemar Hyman was racing against the clock, the weather and the competition on Tuesday.
Hyman, a two-time Olympian, competed in the 100m dash at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, and clocked 10.44 seconds to finish third in his semi-final heat. That time did not qualify Hyman for the finals, and he told Jade Webster, the press attache for the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, that he was disappointed.
“I do feel disappointed about the time and also me not qualifying for the finals. But on top of that, I’m disappointed about the weather,” Hyman said. “I know I can’t do anything about that. I caught some type of flu. I’m just kind of disappointed about everything in a way, but things happen.
“I just have to keep pushing forward and get back to work. I still have the World Championships, so there’s still another chance for me to do something amazing for my country and for me.”
Hyman, 29, was fractionally off the time he needed to advance. The last of the eight qualifiers for the finals ran a 10.40, and four other runners narrowly edged Hyman by running a 10.43.
Hyman had beaten those times easily in prior competitions.
He ran a 10.16 at the 2012 Olympics and then a 10.34 at the 2016 Olympics, and most recently, he clocked a 10.21 in a fifth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games in 2018. Now, he’ll work on bettering his form and peaking for the World Championships that will take place in Doha, Qatar, in October.
John Bodden also swam on Tuesday, finishing the 400m freestyle Final B in 4:10.70. Bodden will next race in the 1500m freestyle competition on Saturday.
Swimmer Lauren Hew raced Wednesday morning and finished the 200m freestyle in 2:14.50. She finished 21st out of 25 competitors.
Cayman sailor Jesse Jackson ranks 21st out of 22 sailors through his first five races.
Brett Fraser, who owns the only gold medal in Cayman’s history at the Pan Am Games, elected not to swim the 100m butterfly on Wednesday. He will swim in the 100m freestyle on Thursday.
“The 100 butterfly is a non-focal event for me,” Fraser told Webster on Wednesday. “I wanted to simulate this event most closely to what I’ve swum in the Olympics, and the 100 fly hasn’t really been a part of that. I’ve decided to just invest in the events I originally qualified in and focus on those.”