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Thompson, Yorke set for Junior Worlds

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Sunday, August 20, 2017
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T&T swimmers Jeron Thompson, left, and Kael Yorke pose for a photo ahead of today’s departure for the Worlds. Photo by:Walter Alibey

Jeron Thompson and Kael Yorke will represent T&T at the biennial World Junior Swimming Championships at the Indiana University Natatorium Swimming Pool in Indianapolis, USA, from August 23 - 28.

Thompson recently returned from the Bahamas after winning T&T’s first ever swimming medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games, claiming bronze in the 50m freestyle. He qualified for Worlds in the 50m breaststroke, but will also compete in the 50 and 200 free, and the 100 and 200 breast.

Yorke qualified for Worlds in the 50m butterfly, but will also compete in the 100m and 200m butterfly events. Both athletes represented T&T at the Carifta and CCCAN Swimming Championships this year, with Yorke winning gold medals in the 15-17 male CARIFTA 50, 100 and 200 fly.

They leave today under the guidance of coach Joseph Mc Leod, who also accompanied Thompson at the Commonwealth Youth Games. Thompson will be the first to face the starter’s gun. He will contest the 100 metre breast stroke, while Yorke will close his participation on August 28 with the 200m butterfly.

The FINA World Junior Swimming Championships were first held in 2006 in Rio de Janeiro Brazil and the last edition, two years ago, in 2015 was held in Singapore. Many Rio 2016 medallists made their international debut at the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships. Thompson and Yorke will be competing for the first time.

The sixth edition of the FINA World Junior Swimming Championships will get underway on Wednesday (August 23), and is open to girls in the 15-18 age bracket and boys between 14-17.

Over 600 young promising swimmers from 93 national federations, will be taking part in this six-day competition.