Sunday 18 August, 2019

Michael Gunning lowers national 200m butterfly record in Glasgow

Jamaican swimmer Michael Gunning.

Jamaican swimmer Michael Gunning.

Jamaican swimmer Michael Gunning lowered his own national record in the 200-metre butterfly at the 2019 British National Championships on Wednesday morning.

Competing at the Tollcross International Centre in Glasgow, Scotland,  Gunning touched the wall in 1:59.60 to erase his previous national record of 1:59.83 at the 2018 Championships. That time was the third fastest from the morning heats.

The 25-year-old, who represents Stockport, swam under 2019 Pan American Games qualifying standard of 2:00.54. He also bettered the 2019 World Championship B standard of 2:00.80.

Gunning who has represented the nation at the 2017 World Championships in Hungary, the 2017 World University Games in Taiwan and the 2018 Central American and Caribbean Games in Colombia expressed delight in his national record performance

He said, “I am really happy with that swim this morning. I felt so comfortable in the race. Obviously to get a new national record I am so over the moon. It just gives me so much confidence for later in the year and this summer’s competitions.

"It is a big summer for me hopefully the World Championships and the Pan Am Games. It looks like a real promising summer. I just need to carry on the training I am doing to get even faster in the summer”.

Gunning is the fastest swimmer from the CARIFTA region and second fastest CARIFTA region swimmer of all time behind only Jeremy Knowles of The Bahamas.

He will not compete in the final as he represents Jamaica internationally.

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