T&T takes the lead in Goodwill Swimming Championship
- van Lange gold with record, Gaskin silver, DeNobrega bronze
Guyana (131 points) copped three gold medals, two silver and one bronze medal on the opening day of the 18th Goodwill Swimming Championship being held at the National Aquatic Centre.
Despite a satisfying performance, the host nation ended at the bottom of the combined points table; Trinidad and Tobago is at the helm with 452.5 points followed by Suriname (449.5) and Barbados (263).
Guyana’s only gold medalist on the opening day was Britney van Lange, the athlete also splashed her way to a new record at the Centre in the 50m Breaststroke. The silver medals were won by Hannibal and Athena Gaskin while Steffi DeNobrega won a bronze medal.
van Lange, competing in the girls 15-17 age-group used the experience gained from her participation at the just concluded London Olympics, gliding her way to the top podium spot in the 100m Butterfly.
The Olympian won the butterfly in 1:11.84 seconds, to record a new personal best time in the event after entering with a seed time of 1:13.84 seconds.
She also achieved another Goodwill record in the 200m freestyle when she won in a time of 2:14.54 Seconds erasing the old record of 2:15.03 which was held by Barbadian Lani Cabrera.
While the other Guyanese swimmers failed to medal in the Butterfly, Suriname dominated by sweeping up nine medals (5 gold, 1 silver, 3 bronze). Trinidad and Tobago was runner-up with 11 medals (1 gold, 5 silver, 5 bronze) while Barbados took one gold and two silver.
Hannibal Gaskin’s silver medal was won in the boys 13-14 200m freestyle. He stopped a one/two podium finish by the Surinamese with his time of 2:11.09 seconds. The race was won by Jair Vreugd in 2:08.50 seconds; his team mate Chefarao Wijders was third in 2:11.60 seconds.
van Lange returned to the pool later in the day and along with Athena Gaskin and Steffi DeNobrega swept the girls 15-17 50m Breaststroke in 37 Seconds, 38.71 and 41.02 Seconds respectively, van Lange bettering her previous Goodwill record in this event.
Guyana also earned silver in the girls 400m 15-17 Medley relay and a Bronze medal in the boys 13-14 400m Medley relay.
The championship continues today from 10:00hrs with the 100m individual medley.