Another PB for Crooks, sprinters tested on track

Gary Rankin (red/blue) faced a headwind of -2.0. (phots courtesy CIOC)

The Cayman Islands closed out the first week of the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires, Argentina with credible performance in the pool and on the track.

On Thursday, 11 October, swimmer Jordan Crooks returned to the pool for the 100m freestyle, two days after setting a personal best in the 50m. On this occasion, Crooks rose to the challenge again with his quickest time over the distance, finishing in 53.52 seconds. That improved on his previous best of 53.93 seconds. His performance was good enough for 35th of 46 participants.

Jordan Crooks awaits the starters instructions.

A day later, it was time for track sprinters Danneika Lyn and Gary Rankine to get under starters orders in their 100m events. They did so under tough conditions with a head wind at times of as much as -2.0 and temperatures dipping into the 30s Fahrenheit.

Lyn was sixth in her heat, clocking in at 13.15 seconds. She was 27th overall of 42 athletes. Her time was behind her PB of 12.6 seconds, as she struggled to keep her muscles warm on a cold day.

Rankin finished fifth in his heat in 11.33 seconds. He was 22nd overall of 38 competitors. Although he was slower than his PB of 11.18 seconds, Rankin was upbeat about the experience as he got accustomed to the conditions.

Danneika Lyn trails the field, as found the cold conditions tough to overcome.

Tyrone Yen, who coaches both sprinters at Mustang Track Club and is accompanying them at the Games, told “they have competed to my expectation, as with only six weeks [preparation], it was obvious they would not have been in their full racing shape”. It is outside of the usual local track and field season, which begins in January.

Lyn and Rankin will have the opportunity to run again on Monday, as all competitors in the 100m are guaranteed two heats, with the fastest eight running in a heat by themselves.

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