After assembly the Olympics ‘B’ qualifying commonplace for the 200m medley lately, nationwide swimmer Keanan Dols jumped forward of Michael Gunning for the Jamaica Olympic Affiliation’s (JOA) allotted spot on the Tokyo Olympics in July.
Dols clocked 2:02.quarter-hour, a nationwide document, on the Professional Swim Sequence in Mission Viego, California, on Friday.
However he’s cautious that Gunning, who stays in sturdy rivalry, might probably transfer forward of him once more.
With that in thoughts he’s centered on assembly the ‘A’ qualification mark earlier than the June 27 deadline, so he can safe computerized qualification for the Video games.
“I really feel fairly good about my probabilities,” Dols informed The Gleaner. I most likely gained’t be concerned in any competitors for a few month or so. My subsequent meet on the schedule is the Atlanta Basic in mid-Might and we’re going to learn the way we’re going to strategy it this summer time within the lead-up.
“If I get the 1:59.00 minutes, that might mechanically qualify me. Though the JOA, they’ll ship one male, and the individual that will likely be chosen is the individual with the very best time, who has participated within the earlier World Championships.
“I’ve made that (B qualifying mark) however Michael Gunning additionally has various probabilities to surpass me. He’s doing nicely and I want him all the very best, however at this present time limit, I’m within the place.
“The intention is to qualify mechanically and I’m assured I can,” he mentioned.
Dols, who additionally holds the nationwide document for the 200m backstroke, mentioned though it was a irritating 2021, his swim membership, Gator, was capable of maintain its swimmers in coaching constantly and he believes all the onerous work is now bearing fruit.
“It was very irritating final 12 months, with every little thing with COVID, and I had some minor harm points,” he mentioned. “We had been completely shut down and we didn’t have the pool for a bit however we had been very lucky to have a coaching group and we had been capable of get again into the water 4 or 5 instances per week.
“It was a protracted and onerous highway but it surely was value it and it’s good to be getting in the appropriate path.”
Dols says that it was pleasing to set a brand new nationwide mark and go under his finest time (2:03.74 minutes) for the primary time in almost three years.
“I used to be actually joyful,” he mentioned. “I assumed I used to be going to be proper round the place I’m after I did the races, as I had a plan, and it was an excellent general race.
“I had the previous document from 2018 and it was actually pleasing to have gone under that point for the primary time in two and a half years.”
Aquatic Sports activities Affiliation of Jamaica President Martin Lyn says the 22-year-old is on a optimistic path..
“We’re very excited and very happy as we see his instances constantly dropped, and I’m starting to really feel that by the point the Olympics comes round, he will likely be performing significantly better than this,” Lyn mentioned. “He has been tapering towards that purpose and he’s nicely centered.”