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The swimming portion of the 16th FINA World Championships got underway in Kazan, Russia this weekend.
Saint Lucia’s two-man team was in action on Sunday at the spectacular Kazan Arena.
First up was 20-year-old Joshua Runako Daniel, who competed in the men’s 50-metre butterfly.
Swimming in Lane 3 in Heat 4 (of nine), the Brown University sophomore registered the fifth fastest reaction time off the blocks (0.61 seconds) of the 80 men in the field. Ranked second of the 10 swimmers in his heat, Runako maintained this position throughout the race and clocked a personal best 25.61 seconds.
That time is also a new Saint Lucia national record, besting his previous time of 26.04 from the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.
Runako finished 50th overall. According to his coach, Jamie Peterkin, “He was hoping to drop a couple more tenths and win his heat, but Runako was pleased with the swim, as this was the first time he broke 26 seconds in this event. He was excited about some of the adjustments he made on his dive and breakout since arriving in Russia, to which he attributed as one of the leading factors to accomplishing a new personal best.”
Runako will compete in the 100-metre butterfly on Friday, where he is aiming for a sub-58 finish. The other member of Team Saint Lucia, Jordan Augier, is set to get in the pool on Wednesday in the men’s 100m freestyle.