Jackson sets PB in 50m butterfly

Sarah Jackson swam a PB in her first race of the games.

Swimmer Sarah Jackson set a new personal best time in the girls 50m butterfly at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas on Wednesday, 19 July.

Jackson touched the wall at the Betty Kelly-Kenning National Swim Complex in 30.41 seconds. Though that time did not stack up among the fastest in the heats against competition from larger countries like Australia, England, New Zealand, Singapore and South Africa, it was the fastest swim ever by the 16-year-old in the event.

Cayman’s other swimmers, John Bodden and Jonathan Key were also in action on the opening day of competition.

Bodden was second in his 50m butterfly heat with 27.61 seconds and then returned to finish third in his 1500m freestyle heat with 16.55.82. Neither swim was fast enough to qualify for the finals.

Key also failed to advance from the heats of the boys 200m freestyle after finishing in 2:02.12.

Jackson competes in two events on Thursday – 50m backstroke and 50m breaststroke. Key swims the 100m freestyle, while Bodden has a rest day.

Alexander Smith (file photo)

In the boxing ring, 17-year-old Alexander Smith lost his opening round bout in the boys 56kg division. Lesotho’s Phomolo Lengola was awarded the win and a spot in the quarterfinals when the referee stopped the contest in the third round.

Female boxer Chambria Dalhouse competes in the girls 51kg division. She secured a bye in the opening round and will step between the ropes to face Scotland’s Megan Gordon in the quarterfinals on Thursday.

The Cayman Islands participation in track and field begins Thursday when Claudina Morgan goes under the starter’s instructions in the girls 400m. Her heat is set to run at 4:30 p.m. Cayman time.

The other track and field athletes: Aijah Lewis (girls high jump), Lamar Reid (boys high jump) and Rasheem Brown (boys 110m hurdles) compete on the weekend.

CaymanSportsBuzz.com will have daily updates about our athletes at the Commonwealth Youth Games.

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