Michael Gunning sets new national 200m butterfly record
Jamaica’s Michael Gunning opened the 2019-2020 aquatic season at the weekend by setting a new national record in the 200-metre butterfly at the Manchester International Swim Meet.
The 25-year-old, who competes for Stockport Metro, finished third in the final for the bronze medal in 1:59.98. In doing so, he became the first Jamaican to clock under the two-minute barrier. He bettered his old national standard of 2:00.07 set in 2017.
Richard Nagy of City of Sheffield won the gold medal in 1:58.67, while Tom Beely of Plymouth Leander finished second for the silver medal in 1:58.84.
Earlier, Gunning clocked 2:05.27, the seventh-fastest time going into the final.
Gunning was happy with his record swim.
He said, “I am really happy to set that Jamaican record in the 200-metre butterfly tonight. Now that it is the Olympic cycle everyone wants to swim fast. Everyone is going for fast times. To get a bronze medal at the Manchester International I am really pleased with that as I did not expect it.
"My coach Sean Kelly has been pushing me in training. This meet was just to swim through it and see what times I could post when I am in hard training. I am excited for things to come”
Gunning also competed in the 200-metre freestyle and placed 16th in a time of 1:53.10. He is also the national record holder with a time of 1:48.28.
Gunning is enjoying his training session in the United Kingdom.
“Training is going very well. I am in the water 10 times a week and each session is about two and a half hours.
"I am covering a lot of metres and averaging 75 to 80,000 metres a week. I also have three gym sessions as well. Things are looking good for the Olympic cycle so I can qualify for Tokyo."