Brett Fraser has achieved the result he hoped for at the Pan American Games.
Fraser, the only gold medallist in Cayman’s history at the Pan Am Games, finished his qualifying heat in the 100m freestyle with a time of 49.68 on Thursday. His time meets the B-cut qualifying standard for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and he will swim in the finals of the event Thursday evening after press time.
Fraser’s time was seventh-fastest out of 29 competitors in the 100m freestyle.
The 29‑year-old earned a gold medal in the 200m freestyle with a time of 1:47.18 at the 2011 Pan Am Games, and he’s competed in both the 2008 and the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Fraser skipped the 100m butterfly competition on Wednesday in the hope of maximising his chances in the 100m freestyle.
Lauren Hew was also in action Thursday at the Pan Am Games, and she swam a 1:01.38 in the 100m freestyle. Hew finished 25th out of 28 competitors and will not advance to the finals of the event, but she will be back in the water on Friday to compete in the 50m freestyle.