Lyn hopeful as Jamaica's swimmers bow into action
RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil:
Long-time swimming administrator and deputy chef de mission of Jamaica's team at the 2016 Rio Olympics, Martin Lyn, is eager to see the island's aquatics talent dive into action here and believes the country will be well represented in the events.
Alia Atkinson - finalist at the last Olympics in London four years ago - is expected to challenge for a medal this time in the women's 100m breaststroke, while youngster Timothy Wynter, competing in his first Games, will be hoping to better his own national record mark in the men's 100m backstroke.
Jamaica will also have a male diver for the first time at the Olympic Games, with Yona Knight-Wisdom set to feature in the 3m springboard event.
"We are very pleased with how they are all looking and how well they have prepared coming here," Lyn told The Sunday Gleaner.
"Alia Atkinson is looking very good. She is training well and she is mentally prepared and at this point in time we have no reason to think she will not perform at her best in the heats and certainly in the semi-final and final. We are looking forward to that," said Lyn before turning his attention to Wynter.
"It's fantastic that Timothy (Wynter) was able to qualify; with a 'B' time, nonetheless, but it's his first Olympics and it puts him in good stead for later on in his career."
"I'm a little disappointed that Justin Plaschka didn't make it, too. He had a B time as well, but in a much more popular event and that put him in a disadvantage in terms of FINA points. Timothy edged him out on that and it's simply the amount of points you have that makes you qualify," lamented Lyn.
"Yona Knight-Wisdom - our diver, he has already performed in Rio earlier this year, earning a silver medal at the World Championships. He will be competing against the same people again in the 3m springboard and I'm sure he will be going in there with a lot of confidence having earned a silver medal and who knows, it's his first Olympics as well, but anything can happen," Lyn shared.
Atkinson and Wynter will compete today, with Knight-Wisdom set to feature on August 15.