Fraser brothers make 100 metre semis

| 31/07/2012

200m%20%20%20%2029%20%20jul%2012%20033.jpg(CIOC): Updated —  Both the Fraser brothers have qualified for the 100 metre men's freestyle semi-finals at the London Olympics. The two Caymanian swimming stars will now swim for a place in the finals at 1:30pm local time today, which, given Brett's time, is a real possibility for him. Brett was third in his heat in a time of 48.53 seconds and Shaune was fifth in his heat coming in at 48.99 seconds. Brett was sixth fastest overall and if he can keep up the pace this afternoon he could find himself in the final line-up at London 2012. The news comes on the heels of Brett's personal best and national record on Sunday.

Brett is elated that he has set a new Cayman Islands national record in the 200 metres freestyle at the London Olympics and elevated himself to 14th best in the world in the process. Fraser, 22, swam brilliantly to set the mark of 1 minute 47.01 seconds in the 200m free semi-final on Sunday. His brother Shaune, 24, also did well to come in 20th overall in the same event. “It gives me a great deal of pleasure setting a new record for Cayman in the 200m freestyle,” Brett said. “It’s always good to know that you’re progressing more and more each year. That was great.”

The Frasers were looking forward to their 100m heat on Tuesday. Brett also goes in the 50m freestyle this week and Shaune in the 100m butterfly.  “I was really tapering for the 100m free so I’m pretty excited and if it’s anything like the 200m was I’ll be pretty happy with that,” Brett said. “I have the 50m on Thursday which should be pretty good as well but the main events I was focusing on were the 100m and 200m.

“In training for my other races I’m just taking it easy in the pool, keeping it long and smooth and putting the right nutrition into my body and getting rest.”

Brett added: “The overall standard of the swimming at the Games is just as smooth as in Beijing. Things ran a bit more smoothly in Beijing but things are just as good here, everything is top notch and pretty overwhelming and they are doing a good job.”

The Frasers have seen Ryan Lochte, their friend and training partner in Florida, become the new king of the pool, usurping the legendary Michael Phelps in the process.
Brett expected the handover of supremacy. “I’m not surprised that Lochte is doing well. I’d be more surprised if he wasn’t because he’s trained hard and prepared for this for a very long time.”

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Just watched the 100m freestyle. Good effort guys! Well done!  

  2. Anonymous says:

    Congrats to Shaune and Brett Fraser so far in thier Olympic experience 2012. They have truely made Cayman proud while making history in the process. Let go for the finals guys!! 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Can someone give me the link where I can watch the olympics online please?

  4. Len Layman says:

    Congratulations Shaune and Bret.  Rest assured that all of  Cayman are proud of you and the other of The Cayman Islands Team.  You are doing us proud.

  5. Anonymous says:

    CNS, you might want to check the Olympic Schedule….Shaune doesn't seem slated to race in the 100 butterfly.


    CNS: That information came from Ron Shillingford, who is the Olympic journalist for Cayman in London. We will contact him for verification.

    • Anonymous says:

      I noticed that too. He isn't listed on the event's Olympic schedule posted on the London 2012 website.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Swim fast Brett!  You are as good as anyone else in the pool to get gold!  Go for it!!!!  SR

  7. peter milburn says:

    I would like to say that I am very proud of the fact that both Shauneand Brett Fraser have done their best in the swimming so far bettering their times in doing so.I hope that they will find even more success in the other events that they will be entering and regardless of how well they do they have shown what it takes to become an Olympic athelete and that it takes hard work and strong hearts and that ANYONE can do it if they work hard enough at it.Well done boys.