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Williams wins double gold at Carifta Swim Champs

BY SHERDON COWAN OBSERVER WRITER

Saturday, April 26, 2014    

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SIDRELL Williams increased Jamaica's medal tally to 26 at the end of day three, when he won back-to-back gold medals in the boys' 15-17 200-metre butterfly and 800-metre relay at the 29th staging of the Carifta Swimming Championships in Savaneta, Aruba, on Thursday.

Jamaica's medal tally has so far been enhanced to four gold, nine silver and 13 bronze medals.

Williams first swam a respectable 2:09.66 minutes to win the boys' 15-17 200-metre butterfly, getting the better of favourite Anthony Rechal of Guadeloupe (2:10.73), with Barbadian Christian Selby (2:14.00) finishing third.

The 17-year-old Williams then joined forces with Matthew Lyn, Keanan Dols and Nico Campbell minutes later to form the Jamaica 'A' team which romped to victory in the 800-metre freestyle relay in a time of 8:05.78 minutes ahead of Aruba 'A' (8:11.45) and Martinique 'A' (8:14.14) to bring an exciting end to the day's events.

Earlier in the day, Nicholas Vale clocked 2:30.49 minutes for second in the boys' 11-12 200m Individual Medley (IM), behind Yael Touw of Suriname (2:20.24). Anthony Mercury of Guadeloupe (2:30.79) was third.

The trio then returned to finish in the same positions in the 200m butterfly, which saw Vale clocking 2:27.49 minutes to Touw's 2:21.67 minutes, with Mercury further back in 2:32.79 minutes.

Keanan Dols clocked 2:10.87 minutes to finish a close-up third in the boys' 15-17 200m IM behind the Aruban duo of Jordy Groters (2:10.08) and Mikel Schreuders (2:10.34), while Nico Campbell (53.11 secs) was also beaten into third by Suriname's Zuhayr Pigot (51.59 secs) and Christian Selby of Barbados (52.70 secs) in the 15-17 100m freestyle.

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