Marvin Johnson 13th overall in 50m freestyle


Tribune Sports Reporter


Marvin Johnson became the second member of Team Bahamas to advance to a semi-final at the 8th FINA World Junior Swimming Championships in Lima, Peru.

Johnson took to the pool at the Videna Aquatics Center last night in the second of two 50m Freestyle semi-finals and finished sixth in 23.39 seconds. His time placed him no.13 overall in the field of 16 semifinalists and 82 competitors.

Johnson opened competition yesterday morning in the preliminary rounds with a time of 23.38 to finish sixth in heat 10. His time advanced as the no. 15 qualifier through to the semifinals.

Nigel Forbes also competed in the event and swam a time of 23.64 to finish first in heat six, however, his time finished no.18 overall in the heats.

Forbes missed the final qualifying time of 23.50 swam by Nathaniel Thomas of Jamaica.

Rhanishka Gibbs returned to the competition to swim the 100m Breaststroke.

She finished sixth in heat four in 1:17.87. Her time placed her 24th overall in the field.

Gibbs highlighted a busy day one for Team Bahamas as she advanced to the semifinal of the 50m Breaststroke.

Gibbs swam 33.47 to advance and eventually finished 14th overall in the field with her time of 33.46 in the semifinals.

Keianna Moss also competed in the prelims of the 50m Butterfly. She posted a time of 29.28 to finish eighth in heat six and 23rd overall.

The quartet concluded the session with their appearance in the Mixed 4x100m Freestyle Relay.

The team finished sixth in heat two in 3:55.37, no.19 in the field of 28 teams. Forbes split 54.95 on the first leg, followed by Johnson at 55.39, Moss in 1:02.08, and Gibbs swam the anchor leg at 1:02.95.

The competition continues today with another active morning session for Team Bahamas.

Moss will be up first to contest the 50m Backstroke. She will swim in lane eight of heat five at 10:38am.

Johnson will swim in the 50m Butterfly - heat eight, lane two at 10:58am.

Forbes will follow in lane one of heat 10 at 11:02am.

Following a day off, Erald Thompson III will be back in action, swimming the 200m Breastroke. He competes in heat two out of lane two at 11:43am.

Emmanuel Gadson will also swim in the event - lane one of heat four at 11:51am.


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