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(SNO) — Jayhan Odlum-Smith made it two in two for new national records, as he concluded competition at the 14th FINA World Short Course Swimming Championships (25m) in Hangzhou, China on Friday morning (China time).
The teenager, turning 17 in a few weeks, contested the men’s 50m butterfly, having earlier in the meet set a new national record for the 100m version.
This time, Odlum-Smith was sixth in Heat 5, and 66th overall. But the talented youngster touched the wall in 25.66 seconds, a new personal and national record.
In fact, the most recent iteration of the 50 fly record was set just last month by Joshua Runako Daniel who clocked 25.69 at the 28th Annual OECS Swimming Championships.
Odlum-Smith finished the 50 fly in 25.83 at that same meet (OECS Champs) to briefly establish a new 15-17 age group record. He also set the 13-14 age group record in 2017.
All in all, the performance of Saint Lucia’s men in the 50 fly has come some way since Jonathan Calderon’s 26.49 back in 2008. It’s clear that there is some way to go, however.
At the Short Course Championships, the top swimmers in the preliminaries were Nicholas Santos of Brazil (22.41 seconds) and Dylan Carter of Trinidad and Tobago (22.53).