Tokyo Olympics: Guyanese swimmer Andrew Fowler finishes fourth


Swimmer Andrew Fowler finished fourth in Heat One of the Men’s 100m Freestyle in a time of 55.23 seconds, but will see his campaign to come to an end at the ongoing Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Fowler, who had the best entry time of 54.10s in the Heat, was among the early leaders in the race, but faded in the last 25 meters.

The 25-year-old, an active member of the Guyana Police Force, had a reaction time of 0.64s and swam his first 50 meters in 26.12s.

Guyanese swimmer Andrew Fowler

The race was won by Nepal’s Shah Alexander (53.41s) ahead of Kosovo’s Olt Kondirolli (54.33s) and Palestine’s Yazan Al Bawwab (54.51s). Only the fastest 16 swimmers qualify to the semi-finals from the nine Heats.

Italian Thomas Ceccon had the best qualification time of 47.71s, while the 16th qualifier was Jacob Whittle (48.44s).

Fowler, along with Aleka Persaud, Guyana’s youngest Olympian at the age of 15, qualified based on Universality spots awarded to the sport, and both were in Tokyo before the start of the Games for a preparation camp.

Persaud, who will swim the 50m Freestyle, enters the pool on Friday, July 30, at 06:30h (Guyana time).

She is currently listed to swim out of Lane Four and also has the fastest entry time – 28.10s – in her Heat.

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