LIMA, Peru — Chef de Mission of Team Bahamas at the 18th Pan American Games D’Arcy Rahming Sr. has expressed satisfaction with the representation of the tennis and swimming athletes at the games, still ongoing in Lima, Peru.
He said he wished to see more of the track and field events, before putting forth a total view.
“Tennis was absolutely pleasing to me. Justin Roberts and Baker Newman were excellent. They advanced from their first-round singles matches. In doubles, although they failed to move forward, we saw something very positive. They look like they can be a solid team. They know what they have to do. The consensus is that more playing time together will elevate their efforts on the court. I like what I saw in both young lads. They also have great attitudes,” said Rahming.
About swimming, he praised the determined approach to lower personal best times.
“It seemed that was the goal and individuals looked set to prioritize that way. The same goes for the relays,” he said.
On Wednesday during the early session at the VIDENA Aquatics Centre in Lima, N’Nhyn Fernander was not at his best. He clocked 55.65 seconds in the back of the pack while the winning time was 51.44 seconds. Fernander has a personal best of 54.58 seconds for the 100 meters (m) butterfly.
In the mixed zone afterward, he said that his race was not that good.
“I started out a bit too slow, then, I had a bad turn,” he explained. He said he was looking forward to giving a better effort in the “B” final later Wednesday evening and noted that representing “my country is special”.
Indicating a preference to comment generally on athletics later, Rahming did speak positively about Jeffery Gibson and Ken Mullings.
“Jeffery always steps up. He advanced in the 400 meters hurdles. He looks good and is prepared for the final (today),” said Rahming.
He praised Mullings as well.
“I thought he showed up well in the high jump and then in climbing to fifth place,” said the chief of Team Bahamas, opting to give his verdict on athletics “later on”.
Late Tuesday night, Laura Morley improved her time from the heats of the women’s 100m breaststroke. She finished third in the “B” final in 1:11.00 after swimming 1:11.28 in the heats. Her personal best time in that event is 1:10.44.
The Bahamas’ women’s 4x100m free relay team of Ariel Weech, Lilly Higgs, her sister Margaret Albury-Higgs and Morley, in that order, finished sixth in the final, in 3:56.68. The USA won the gold in 3:39.59, Brazil was second in 3:40.39 and Canada won the bronze in 3:41.01.
In the men’s version of that race, The Bahamas’ team of Jared Fitzgerald, Gershwin Greene, Fernander and Davante Carey, in that order, finished sixth in 3:28.22. Brazil won the gold medal in a Pan Am Games record time of 3:12.61, the United States was second in 3:14.94 and Mexico won the bronze medal in 3:17.70. Also in swimming, on Wednesday, the mixed 4x100m free relay team of Fitzgerald, Greene, Albury-Higgs and Weech finished fourth in their heat in 3:41.86 and qualified for the final with the seventh-fastest time. The final was held later that night. The results of Fernander’s “B” final in the men’s 100m fly and the mixed 4x100m free relay final were unavailable up to press time.
The swim portion of the games continues today for Team Bahamas in Lima, Peru.