Guyana: Raekwon of Guyana won second Noel gold after securing 400 IM in a new national record of 4:42.51 in the CARIFTA Aquatics Championships.
Lifespan 007 Open Water Swim took to Facebook and stated that the second day of the CARIFTA Championships in Curaçao saw the second Noel Gold medal for Guyana. In a pool named after the the legendary Enith Brigitha who had historic swims in the 1970’s Raekwon is doing carving a similar path at the junior level for Guyana at this competition.
Before the meet started Guyana had not won a Gold in the 15-17 boys category. After day two they had two Gold medals courtesy of Noel. Last night Raekwon tooh the race to the field and opened up an early that he would not relinquish.
He would win by over two body lengths to win in a new Guayanese 15-17 and senior national national record of 4:42.51.That bettered his own mark of 4:45.69 set at February’s Republic Anniversary swim meet. It marks his second time under the PAN AM B cut of 4:46.63.The swim is also the seventh fastest CARIFTA performance in the race in the last two decades and the fastest since 2017.
Those names ahead of him on the performance list include CARIFTA greats from Aruba Mikel Schreuders and brothers Patrick and Jordy Groters. Patrick holds the record of 4:27.69 from 2017 .Brother Jordy now a coach with Team Aruba dominated the age group from 2012 to 2014.
The list includes has the Barbadian Bradley Ally, the Cayman Islands Shaune Fraser and Jamaican Keanan Dols. Noel’s name can rightfully be called amongst the best to have ever competed at the regional competition.
Placing second was Dominic Hilton of the Cayman Islands. He was last year’s Silver medallist in the 13-14 age group and broke the 5 minute barrier for the first time with a swim of 4:51.94. The Bronze was won by “Mr Deteremined” Zachary Anthony of Trinidad and Tobago. He also dipped under the 5 minute mark with a swim of 4:54.36.
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