Sobers, Kirby set national records at World Short Course

Three more national short course swimming records fell last weekend at the 2021 International Swimming Federation’s (FINA) World Short Course Swimming Championships in Abu Dhabi.

Olympic swimmer Alex Sobers set a new national mark of 48.83 seconds in the men’s 100m freestyle yesterday.

Competing in the seventh heat of the event and stationed in lane five, the 23-year-old was fifth in a tight finish.

Uzbekistan’s Aleksey Tarasenko was the eventual winner in a time of 48.45 seconds, followed by Romania’s George-Alexandry Stoica-Constantin (48.59) and Bulgarian Kaloyan Bratanov (48.62).

Sobers’ time was the 41st fastest from all seven heats.

Jack Kirby  (FILE)

On Friday, Sobers notched a new mark of one minute, 46.91 seconds in a sixth-place finish in heat five of the men’s 200m freestyle.

The Alpha Sharks swimmer did not advance to the semi-finals as his time was the 33rd fastest overall.

He added to his national long course record in the same event in a time of 1:48.09 minutes, set in the preliminary round at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

Teammate Jack Kirby set another national record on Saturday in the 50m backstroke. He finished third in 24.71 seconds in the third heat.

The 21-year-old claimed his first national record of 52.28 seconds in the men’s 100m backstroke last Thursday. (NM)

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