Caymanian Olympic swimmer Brett Fraser has his sights set on the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, in July. The 2011 Pan American Games gold medalist has been preparing for this year’s Olympics since early 2019.
He competed in the FINA World Aquatics Championships in Gwangju, South Korea, in July, and then took part in the 2019 Pan American Games, making it to the finals of the 100-metre freestyle and to the semi-finals of the 50m freestyle. At the International Challenge Meet in Geneva, held 17-19 Jan., Fraser recorded his best performance since returning to the pool after putting his swimming career on hold in 2016. His results at the meet qualified as a B standard Olympic time as he swam two season bests – 48.90 seconds in the 100m freestyle and 22.54 seconds in the 50m free.
“I decided in early 2019 to train for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, and that preparation takes at least a year,” said Fraser. “So, about a year and a half out, I was toying with the idea, and then in June, I decided to go all in on training. “I’m training with Wolfpack Elite at [North Carolina] State University. I’m focusing on the sprint freestyle, being in the 50 free and the 100 metre freestyle. As for Tokyo, I have an Olympic B standard in the 100 freestyle and in the 50 freestyle.”This year, the Olympic A standard qualifying time for the 100m sits at 48.57 seconds, while the 50m cutoff time is 22.01. Fraser said that before the 29th Summer Olympics, he expects to improve his season’s personal best.
“In the 100, I have a very competitive B standard but I’m looking to acquire the A standard, which is an automatic qualifying time,” he said. “However, I am confident the International Olympic Committee will send my competitive B standard. I’m always trying to achieve the highest mark out there, so making the A standard is up next and something I’m looking to achieve by April for the 50m, 100m freestyle.” Fraser previously competed in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics.